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jeered; jeering; jeers

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 adverb


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: a mocking and insulting remark or sound : taunt
the jeers of the crowd
Choose the Right Synonym for 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

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
Throughout the hearing, the families and other child safety advocates jeered as the executives sought to reassure lawmakers of their commitment to the issue and applauded as the senators pledged to hold the companies accountable. Naomi Nix, Washington Post, 31 Jan. 2024 Whether the front-row center couple in question was obliviously conversing and constantly moving in their seats, deliberately jeering, drunk or sober, is still unclear. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 Dec. 2023 Editors would select a Worst Comment of the Day and put it in a special public post, where commenters could jeer appropriately. Erin Gloria Ryan, Rolling Stone, 11 Nov. 2023 Those who stayed rose up in vocal rebellion against the movie, jeering every joke that wasn’t funny, which was all of them, and every beat ripped off from Chinatown, which was half of them. Vulture, 14 Sep. 2023 After those remarks, the crowd continued to jeer at the performers. Carlos De Loera, Los Angeles Times, 16 Aug. 2023 Then there’s a shot that conjures Anne Moody, a young woman who in 1963 engaged in a sit-in at a Woolworth’s lunch counter in Jackson, Miss., where a White mob attacked her and others protesting racial segregation by jeering and dumping condiments on the demonstrators’ heads. Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post, 1 Nov. 2023 He had been followed out of the subway by a group of strangers jeering at him and yelling slurs. Jason Sarlanis, Variety, 9 Oct. 2023 Thousands of fans cheered and jeered from the sidelines. Nicholas Nehamas, New York Times, 10 Sep. 2023
Unlike the jeer directed at President Johnson, the culprit is frustratingly nebulous. Jonathon Keats, Forbes, 12 Feb. 2024 Miami beat Honk Kong XI 4-1, but the victory was marred by jeers from the crowd because Messi did not play. Michelle Kaufman, Miami Herald, 7 Feb. 2024 There were some jeers during and after the match toward Benítez, who is in the first year of a three-year contract with Celta. Tales Azzoni, USA TODAY, 28 Jan. 2024 In all, Swift has attended 11 games since September 2023, and with each appearance in the crowd, increasingly drawn what seems like as many cheers and jeers as the men on the field. Alli Rosenbloom, CNN, 27 Jan. 2024 Koy’s hosting has drawn jeers online as jokes toward Taylor Swift and the Barbie movie failed to garner many laughs. Ethan Millman, Rolling Stone, 12 Jan. 2024 Discovery Chief Executive David Zaslav delivered a commencement speech at Boston University that drew boos and jeers from the graduating class in solidarity with writers. Christi Carras, Los Angeles Times, 29 Dec. 2023 But the audience in Vienna broke into shouts, laughter, and jeers. Anthony Tommasini, The Atlantic, 27 Nov. 2023 His iconoclastic take on the pick-up segment is instantly polarizing, earning both wild enthusiasm as well as mocking jeers. Christiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 25 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History


Verb and Noun

origin unknown

First Known Use


1561, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense


1625, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of jeer was in 1561

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“Jeer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition


: to laugh at or criticize someone in a loud and angry way
jeer noun

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