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 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]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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