\ ˈjir How to pronounce jeer (audio) \
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

Other Words from jeer


jeerer noun
jeeringly \ ˈjir-​iŋ-​lē How to pronounce jeer (audio) \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for jeer

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

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

Verb He tried to ignore the jeering crowd. The crowd jeered him when he struck out. The prisoner was jeered by an angry mob. Noun ignored the jeers of the other team's fans and just focused on making her free throw shot
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The game included several other ejections and Hoops was the last to go after the mascot raised its arms and invited the crowd to jeer the referees. New York Times, 20 May 2022 Chico’s new fans descended to support him, and to jeer his eventual capture. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, 13 Mar. 2022 This was the first chance Dodgers fans had to jeer the Astros in person at Chavez Ravine since their sign-stealing scandal was revealed late in 2019. Joe Reedy, Chron, 4 Aug. 2021 One Dodgers fan group was organizing a trip to Anaheim specifically to jeer the Astros. David Waldstein, New York Times, 18 Aug. 2020 Since a 2014 campaign failed to achieve democratic elections for the city’s leader, many soccer fans have routinely jeered when the Chinese national anthem is played at local stadiums. Suzanne Sataline, The Atlantic, 21 May 2020 Residents jeered at riot police walking alongside the vehicles, cursing them and telling them to leave. NBC News, 20 Oct. 2019 Residents jeered riot police, cursing at them and telling them to leave. Kelvin Chan, The Denver Post, 20 Oct. 2019 Sections of Everton’s travelling fans jeered Silva after the 1-0 loss to Burnley on Saturday, which marked a fourth straight defeat in the Premier League — the team’s worst run of form since the middle of the 2014-15 season. San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Just tag @budlight and use the hashtag #BootheCommish, and the company promises to forward all the jeers to the draft, which begins Thursday night. Eddie Timanus, USA TODAY, 20 Apr. 2020 Social media posts and photos from the neighborhood WeChat groups seen by CNN suggest local police were stationed on residents' balconies in protective suits to discourage any potential yelling or jeers. David Culver, CNN, 16 Mar. 2020 His reception of the jeers only helps fuel his image as their bitter adversary. oregonlive, 23 Apr. 2020 The announcement has elicited a wave of diverse reactions: from support to jeers from American late night hosts. NBC News, 9 Jan. 2020 The Broncos’ output was the lowest in 71 prime-time games and the Broncos took turns drawing jeers: — Joe Flacco got sacked a career-high eight times. San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 Oct. 2019 Frank Kaminsky heard boos and jeers Monday night, but also scored 12 points facing his former for the first time in helping Phoenix win at Charlotte. Duane Rankin, azcentral, 3 Dec. 2019 President Donald Trump drew loud boos and jeers when introduced to the crowd at game 5 of the World Series in Washington on Sunday night. Erin Jensen, USA TODAY, 28 Oct. 2019 After two hours of swaying, screaming and dousing Texas in jeers, the Red Raiders’ horde had little left to say. Nick Moyle, Houston Chronicle, 29 Feb. 2020 See More

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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

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\ ˈjir How to pronounce jeer (audio) \
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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