\ˈjir \
jeered; jeering; jeers

Definition of jeer 

(Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to speak or cry out with derision or mockery a jeering mob

transitive verb

: to deride with mocking and insulting remarks or sounds : taunt was jeered by the crowd when he tried to speak



Definition of jeer (Entry 2 of 2)

: a mocking and insulting remark or sound : taunt the jeers of the crowd

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Other Words from jeer


jeerer noun
jeeringly \ˈjir-iŋ-lē \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for jeer

Synonyms: Verb

deride, gibe (or jibe), laugh (at), mock, ridicule, scout, shoot down, skewer

Synonyms: Noun

boo, Bronx cheer, catcall, hiss, hoot, raspberry, snort

Antonyms: Noun


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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

Examples of jeer in a Sentence


He tried to ignore the jeering crowd. The crowd jeered him when he struck out. The prisoner was jeered by an angry mob.


ignored the jeers of the other team's fans and just focused on making her free throw shot
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Two weeks later the dying Yugoslav football association held a World Cup preparatory match in the same stadium, only for Croatian fans to jeer at the Yugoslav national anthem. The Economist, "Croatia stands on the cusp of World Cup victory," 13 July 2018 Players jeered, laughed and kept a light, but focused, mood throughout the drills. Shawn Mcfarland,, "Governor's Cup Gives Players One Last Chance To Shine On The High School Football Field," 29 June 2018 But with a single vote at a meeting punctuated by jeering and shouting, the county’s school board this month made a four-word change in language that is freighted with social and cultural significance. Debbie Truong, Washington Post, "In Fairfax, a lesson on why words matter, especially in sexual health class," 23 June 2018 The concern intensified last October after a member of the public finagled his way into a giant press scrum outside the Senate chamber, jeered at the president and hurled Russian flags in his path. Chad Pergram, Fox News, "Immigration fight is no picnic: Reps brawl, Dems jeer and cops search for Trump-accosting intern," 21 June 2018 That intensity was present Wednesday night, as the crowd joined the president in jeering the news media, Hillary Clinton and Democrats. Katie Rogers And Jonathan Martin,, "‘We’re sending them the hell back,’ Trump says of securing the country’s borders," 21 June 2018 Trump at times drew laughs from some British reporters, who jeered his criticism of the media and openly laughed at his numerous boasts. Jill Colvin And Jonathan Lemire,, "Trump praises May after throwing barbs, then meets the queen," 13 July 2018 Trump at times drew laughs from some British reporters, who jeered his criticism of the media and openly laughed at his numerous boasts. Washington Post, "Trump pulls diplomatic backflip, praising May after barbs," 13 July 2018 The fans who had loudly jeered the team in recent matches were cheering on their feet after the final whistle at the Bernabeu. USA TODAY, "Blood, goals for Ronaldo as Madrid scores 7 to end poor run," 21 Jan. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The visitors continued to look frustrated, with a series of misplaced passes provoking mocking jeers from the home fans., "Newcastle Soars to Win as Blundering Chelsea Misses Out on Champions League," 13 May 2018 Buy Photo Amid songs and signs, with cheers, jeers and wistful words, the School Reform Commission took its final public actions Thursday night, capping 17 tumultuous years of governing the Philadelphia School District., "6,019 days after the SRC first convened, a final meeting," 21 June 2018 The jeer caught the attention of the U.S. Capitol Police and Secret Service. Chad Pergram, Fox News, "Immigration fight is no picnic: Reps brawl, Dems jeer and cops search for Trump-accosting intern," 21 June 2018 Ozil remained on the bench against the Saudis because of a knee injury and wasn't subjected to jeers. Ciaran Fahey, Fox News, "Questions of loyalty cast shadow over German World Cup squad," 13 June 2018 All around him, the jeers and boos of two fan bases cut through the steamy air, but Price gave no visible reaction. David Waldstein, New York Times, "Boston’s David Price Knocked Around by Yankees Once Again," 2 July 2018 There was an awkward moment of silence, then jeers from the crowd. Fabiola Santiago, miamiherald, "Yes, Mr. President, there are ‘Hispanics in the room’ all over this country of ours | Miami Herald," 30 Apr. 2018 But Real's night was better summed up by one moment in the second half when Sergio Ramos repeatedly failed to clear and then turned to face the crowd's jeers with his arms outstretched. Thomas Allnutt,, "Ronaldo saves Real Madrid from home defeat to Athletic Bilbao," 18 Apr. 2018 The move drew cheers and jeers from the public, reflected in comments left on media websites, but earned kudos from the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York. Lisa Gutierrez, kansascity, "Sparklers are hot enough to bake a cake and most dangerous firework, safety experts warn," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of jeer


1561, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense


1625, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for jeer


origin unknown


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English Language Learners Definition of jeer

: to shout insulting words at someone : to laugh at or criticize someone in a loud and angry way


\ˈjir \
jeered; jeering

Kids Definition of jeer

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to speak or cry out in scorn The crowd jeered when the movie suddenly stopped running.

2 : to scorn or mock with taunts They jeered the penalized player.



Kids Definition of jeer (Entry 2 of 2)

: a scornful remark or sound : taunt

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exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

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