fleer

verb
\ ˈflir How to pronounce fleer (audio) \
fleered; fleering; fleers

Definition of fleer

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to laugh or grimace in a coarse derisive manner : sneer

fleer

noun

Definition of fleer (Entry 2 of 2)

archaic
: a word or look of derision or mockery

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from fleer

Verb

fleeringly \ ˈflir-​iŋ-​lē How to pronounce fleeringly (audio) \ adverb

Choose the Right Synonym for fleer

Verb

scoff, jeer, gibe, fleer, sneer, flout mean to show one's contempt in derision or mockery. scoff stresses insolence, disrespect, or incredulity as motivating the derision. scoffed at their concerns jeer suggests a coarser more undiscriminating derision. the crowd jeered at the prisoners gibe implies taunting either good-naturedly or in sarcastic derision. hooted and gibed at the umpire fleer suggests grinning or grimacing derisively. the saucy jackanapes fleered at my credulity sneer stresses insulting by contemptuous facial expression, phrasing, or tone of voice. sneered at anything romantic flout stresses contempt shown by refusal to heed. flouted the conventions of polite society

Did You Know?

Noun

Fleer first appeared in English as a verb (fleryen in Middle English) meaning "to laugh, grin, or grimace in a coarse manner." The verb is of Scandinavian origin and is akin to the Norwegian flire, meaning "to giggle." The noun fleer first and most famously appeared in William Shakespeare's tragedy Othello, in which the evil Iago invites Othello to observe the signs of his wife's unfaithfulness in the visage of her supposed lover, Cassio: "And mark the fleers, the gibes, and notable scorns / That dwell in every region of his face…."

Examples of fleer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Fleer's plant - a long, brick building along the railroad tracks near North 10th Street in Olney - stood just blocks from my parents' rowhouse. Frank Fitzpatrick, Philly.com, "Philly was once hub of baseball-card production | Frank's Place," 25 June 2017

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'fleer.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of fleer

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1604, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for fleer

Verb

Middle English fleryen, of Scandinavian origin; akin to Norwegian flire to giggle

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about fleer

Time Traveler for fleer

Time Traveler

The first known use of fleer was in the 15th century

See more words from the same century

Listen to Our Podcast about fleer

Statistics for fleer

Cite this Entry

“Fleer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fleer. Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

Comments on fleer

What made you want to look up fleer? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Homophone Quiz

  • three bears two of them look like theyre whispering to a third bear who looks chuffed to be the center of attention
  • In order to judge how people felt, the senator's office hired a firm to take a ______.
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!