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jeer

verb \ ˈjir \

Definition of jeer

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

jeerer

noun

jeeringly

play \ˈjir-iŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of jeer in a Sentence

  1. He tried to ignore the jeering crowd.

  2. The crowd jeered him when he struck out.

  3. The prisoner was jeered by an angry mob.

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Origin and Etymology of jeer

origin unknown

Synonym Discussion of jeer

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

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jeer

noun

Definition of jeer

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

Examples of jeer in a Sentence

  1. ignored the jeers of the other team's fans and just focused on making her free throw shot

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Origin and Etymology of jeer

see 1jeer

jeer Synonyms

Synonyms
bird [chiefly British], boo, Bronx cheer, hiss, hoot, catcall, raspberry, razz, snort
Antonyms
cheer
Related Words
smirk, sneer, snicker, snigger; gibe (or jibe), put-down, taunt; whistle
Near Antonyms
applause, clapping

JEER Defined for English Language Learners

jeer

verb

Definition of jeer for English Language Learners

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


JEER Defined for Kids

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jeer

verb \ ˈjir \

Definition of jeer for Students

jeered; jeering
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.

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jeer

noun

Definition of jeer for Students

:a scornful remark or sound :taunt


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