Jeer Jeer, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Jeered}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Jeering}.] [Perh. a corrup. of cheer to salute with cheers, taken in an ironical sense; or more prob. fr. D. gekscheren to jeer, lit., to shear the fool; gek a fool (see 1st {Geck}) + scheren to shear. See {Shear}, v.] To utter sarcastic or scoffing reflections; to speak with mockery or derision; to use taunting language; to scoff; as, to jeer at a speaker. [1913 Webster]

But when he saw her toy and gibe and jeer. --Spenser.

Syn: To sneer; scoff; flout; gibe; mock. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • Jeer — Jeer, n. [Cf. {Gear}.] (Naut.) (a) A gear; a tackle. (b) pl. An assemblage or combination of tackles, for hoisting or lowering the lower yards of a ship. [1913 Webster] {Jeer capstan} (Naut.), an extra capstan usually placed between the foremast… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • jeer — [dʒıə US dʒır] v [I and T] [Date: 1500 1600; Origin: Perhaps from Dutch gieren to shout, laugh loudly ] to laugh at someone or shout unkind things at them in a way that shows you do not respect them ▪ You know I m right! she jeered. ▪ The… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • jeer — jeer·er; jeer·ing·ly; jeer; …   English syllables

  • Jeer — Jeer, n. A railing remark or reflection; a scoff; a taunt; a biting jest; a flout; a jibe; mockery. [1913 Webster] Midas, exposed to all their jeers, Had lost his art, and kept his ears. Swift. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • jeer — I verb cavillari, deprecate, depreciate, deride, deridere, disparage, disregard, disrespect, gibe, have no regard for, hold in derision, inridere, insult, laugh at, make fun of, mock, ridicule, scoff, sneer, speak derisively, speak slightingly,… …   Law dictionary

  • jeer — (v.) 1550s, gyr, to deride, to mock, of uncertain origin; perhaps from Du. gieren to cry or roar, or Ger. scheren to plague, vex, lit. to shear. OED finds the suggestion that it is an ironical use of cheer plausible and phonetically feasible …   Etymology dictionary

  • jeer — vb *scoff, gibe, fleer, gird, sneer, flout Analogous words: deride, *ridicule, mock, taunt, twit, rally Contrasted words: *fawn, truckle, toady, cringe, cower …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • jeer — [v] heckle banter, comeback, contemn, deride, dig*, fleer, flout, gibe, hector, hoot, jab, jest, laugh at, make a crack*, mock, poke fun, put down, put on, quip, ridicule, scoff, sneer, snipe, taunt; concept 54 …   New thesaurus

  • jeer — ► VERB ▪ make rude and mocking remarks at someone. ► NOUN ▪ a rude and mocking remark. ORIGIN of unknown origin …   English terms dictionary

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