jeer

verb
\ 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

jeer

noun

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

Verb

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

bird [chiefly British], boo, Bronx cheer, catcall, hiss, hoot, raspberry, razz, snort

Antonyms: Noun

cheer

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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

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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

As the Trumps departed for Blenheim Palace on Marine One, where they were scheduled to dine with Prime Minister Theresa May, protesters could be heard jeering, drum beating and chanting in the distant background. Adam Shaw, Fox News, "Trump starts UK leg amid scattered protests, Brexit divisions," 12 July 2018 Dozens of protesters jeered at Pompeo’s motorcade as the delegation arrived to congratulate the leftist, populist Lopez Obrador. Susannah George, BostonGlobe.com, "We can’t afford to replace empathy with apathy," 13 July 2018 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, courant.com, "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, BostonGlobe.com, "‘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, BostonGlobe.com, "Trump praises May after throwing barbs, then meets the queen," 13 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Mentions of the Washington Post drew jeers at rallies not just for the segregationist George Wallace but also for the antiwar Eugene McCarthy. David Greenberg, WSJ, "A Half Century of ‘Liberal Media Bias’," 23 Aug. 2018 The cheers-jeers cycle fueled by the internet is familiar to comedians. Ellen Gamerman, WSJ, "For the Oscars, It Is Back to the Drawing Board After Kevin Hart’s Departure as Host," 7 Dec. 2018 After Trump mentioned globalism, there was a jeer about George Soros, the liberal donor who was the target of one of the pipe bombs. Catherine Lucey, The Seattle Times, "After arrest, Republicans struggle with mail bombs fallout," 27 Oct. 2018 Amid ongoing debate over the Civil Rights Act in Washington, Cotton led 217 marchers through the streets and past the city's old slave market, where the demonstrators were met by jeers, howling police dogs and sporadic violence. Harrison Smith, chicagotribune.com, "Dorothy Cotton, civil rights leader and confidante to Martin Luther King Jr., dies at 88," 12 June 2018 Froome was cleared of any wrongdoing, but that hasn’t stopped the jeers. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "Team Sky’s Tour Problem: Two Cyclists, Only One Yellow Jersey," 23 July 2018 Thompson, 27, appeared unfazed by the jeers and made his shots. Aurelie Corinthios, PEOPLE.com, "Basketball Fans Taunt Tristan Thompson with 'Khloé' Chant as He Shoots Free Throws," 2 May 2018 His departure from the U.S. ambassador's residence aboard the presidential helicopter was met by jeers from demonstrators banging pots and pans, and another group of protesters lined roads near the palace. Jonathan Lemire And Jill Colvin, chicagotribune.com, "Explosive Trump tabloid interview adds to chaos on 1st British visit," 13 July 2018 Saulters ignored the jeers from all around him, discussing the damage to his front wheel with other officers. The Washington Post, NOLA.com, "Georgia cop fired after he ran over fleeing suspect with his car," 3 June 2018

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First Known Use of jeer

Verb

1561, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Noun

1625, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for jeer

Verb and Noun

origin unknown

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jeer

verb

English Language Learners Definition of jeer

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

jeer

verb
\ 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.

jeer

noun

Kids Definition of jeer (Entry 2 of 2)

: a scornful remark or sound : taunt

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