fleered
fleer fleer (fl[=e]r), [imp. & p. p. {fleered} (fl[=e]rd); p. pr. & vb. n. {fleering}.] [OE. flerien; cf. Scot. fleyr, Norw. flira to titter, giggle, laugh at nothing, MHG. vlerre, vlarre, a wide wound.] 1. To make a wry face in contempt, or to grin in scorn; to deride; to sneer; to mock; to gibe; as, to fleer and flout. [1913 Webster]

To fleer and scorn at our solemnity. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. To grin with an air of civility; to leer. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Grinning and fleering as though they went to a bear baiting. --Latimer. [1913 Webster]


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  • fleered — n. mocking action, jeer, sneer v. make fun of, mock, jeer, sneer …   English contemporary dictionary

  • fleer — (fl[=e]r), [imp. & p. p. {fleered} (fl[=e]rd); p. pr. & vb. n. {fleering}.] [OE. flerien; cf. Scot. fleyr, Norw. flira to titter, giggle, laugh at nothing, MHG. vlerre, vlarre, a wide wound.] 1. To make a wry face in contempt, or to grin in… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • fleering — fleer fleer (fl[=e]r), [imp. & p. p. {fleered} (fl[=e]rd); p. pr. & vb. n. {fleering}.] [OE. flerien; cf. Scot. fleyr, Norw. flira to titter, giggle, laugh at nothing, MHG. vlerre, vlarre, a wide wound.] 1. To make a wry face in contempt, or to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • scoff — I. noun Etymology: Middle English scof, perhaps of Scandinavian origin; akin to obsolete Danish skof jest; akin to Old Frisian skof mockery Date: 14th century 1. an expression of scorn, derision, or contempt ; gibe 2. an object of scorn, mockery …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • devoid — I adjective bare, barren, bereft of, blank, bleak, deficient, denuded of, deprived of, deserted, desolate, destitute of, empty, empty of, found wanting, ill furnished, ill provided, ill stored, impotent, in default of, in the absence of, in want… …   Law dictionary

  • fleer — (v.) c.1400, perhaps from Scandinavian (Cf. dial. Norw. flira, dialectal Dan. flire to grin, titter ). Related: Fleered; fleering …   Etymology dictionary

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