\ 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

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Other Words from jeer


jeerer noun
jeeringly \ ˈjir-​iŋ-​lē How to pronounce jeeringly (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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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, "The Challenge to China From Hong Kong's 'Sense of Country'," 21 May 2020 Residents jeered at riot police walking alongside the vehicles, cursing them and telling them to leave. NBC News, "Hong Kong protesters set up roadblocks, clash with police as unrest continues," 20 Oct. 2019 Residents jeered riot police, cursing at them and telling them to leave. Kelvin Chan, The Denver Post, "Hong Kong descends into chaos again as protesters defy ban," 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, "Marco Silva on shaky ground again at Everton," 7 Oct. 2019 Indianapolis Star Tense crowds chanted and jeered at police officers Wednesday night, hours after an Indianapolis Metro police officer fatally shot a man following a pursuit. Ginger Rough, Indianapolis Star, "'No justice, no peace': Crowds gather after Indianapolis police fatally shoot man," 7 May 2020 The boys— Ryan, Crash (yes, that’s his real name), Trevor, Carter—keep calling her names, harshly whispering awful things, jeering at her, laughing with scorn. David Canfield,, "See the anticipated cover for Harlan Coben's next page-turner," 5 Nov. 2019 Protesters jeered at supporters entering the arena and tensions intensified as the event broke up and attendees dispersed. Ryan Faircloth, Twin Cities, "Trump attacks impeachment, Joe Biden, Ilhan Omar and Jacob Frey at Minneapolis rally," 10 Oct. 2019 On Sunday, residents and restaurant workers emerged from the Wan Chai district to heckle and jeer at police, and throw bottles at their vans. Shibani Mahtani, Washington Post, "For many in Hong Kong, Beijing’s troops are already here: The Hong Kong Police Force," 2 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, "NFL fans can still boo commissioner Roger Goodell during draft, but in a different way," 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, "Lockdowns are being imposed around the world. China's example highlights the costs," 16 Mar. 2020 His reception of the jeers only helps fuel his image as their bitter adversary. oregonlive, "Trail Blazers Classics: Portland hands Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant a blowout loss in final visit to Portland," 23 Apr. 2020 The announcement has elicited a wave of diverse reactions: from support to jeers from American late night hosts. NBC News, "Trump and Iran step back from brink, while Harry and Meghan 'step back' from royals: The Morning Rundown," 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, "Broncos return to their bungling ways; is rebuild next?," 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, "Phoenix Suns take it personally, help Frank Kaminsky III beat Charlotte Hornets," 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, "'Morning Joe' hosts: 'Lock him up' chants hurled at Trump are 'sickening,' 'un-American'," 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, "Texas silences No. 22 Texas Tech and its rowdy fans with fourth-straight win," 29 Feb. 2020

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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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7 Jun 2020

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“Jeer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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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 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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