\ 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

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


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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


He tried to ignore the jeering crowd. The crowd jeered him when he struck out. The prisoner was jeered by an angry mob.


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

Groups of jeering bystanders can be heard reacting as others watching splash the officers with water. Greg Norman | Fox News, Fox News, "NYPD makes arrest following viral videos of officers being splashed with water," 24 July 2019 Upon his return to Anfield as a visiting player in recent years, Sterling has often been jeered, with many fans not happy with the manner of his departure., "Raheem Sterling Backs Up Football's Nicest Guy Credentials as He Hugs Liverpool Fans," 5 Aug. 2019 Crowds jeered, throwing bricks and rocks at the buses as terrified students huddled inside. New York Times, "How Joe Biden Became the Democrats’ Anti-Busing Crusader," 15 July 2019 When a pastor representing Al Sharpton Jr. was the first from the audience to take the mic during the town hall’s question-and-answer portion Sunday, the crowd jeered at the outsider. Matt Pearce,, "Black residents of South Bend unload on Mayor Pete Buttigieg," 23 June 2019 But there was arguably as much or more buzz for Ferguson-Cerrone as there was for the main event, and the United Center crowd jeered the stoppage. Phil Thompson,, "5 takeaways from UFC 238 at the United Center, including locals getting VIP treatment and the ripple effects of fight outcomes," 9 June 2019 Trump followed that with a tweet appearing to jeer when Cummings reported that his home had been burglarized. Jelani Cobb, The New Yorker, "How the Trail of American White Supremacy Led to El Paso," 6 Aug. 2019 He was booed and jeered mercilessly during the World Cup in England, and his presence at Edgbaston in this Test match was met with loud derision from a partisan home crowd. James Masters, CNN, "The Ashes: Steve Smith 'probably the best Test batsman we've ever seen' as Australia crushes England in opener," 5 Aug. 2019 The win was further tarnished when thousands of fans jeered repeatedly during the trophy ceremony as Osaka and Williams cried. Danielle Garrand, CBS News, "Serena Williams reveals she sent an apology letter to Naomi Osaka after 2018 controversial U.S. Open defeat," 9 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

For example during a recent Democratic mayoral debate, Bry and Gloria drew audible jeers from audience members while Williamson most consistently received applause. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Democrats to weigh endorsement in San Diego mayoral race Tuesday," 19 Aug. 2019 As the crowd around her laughs and jeers, one of the girls helps her up. Eliza Fawcett,, "Three girls — 13, 14 and 15 — charged in beating of special needs girl caught on viral video," 25 July 2019 The mention of the other four Democratic congresswomen drew jeers from Trump's supporters. Oliver Darcy, CNN, "Media react to 'send her back' chant at Trump rally," 17 July 2019 Like Rivera, she was met with jeers from a predominantly cis white crowd who threatened to call the cops to have her removed. Katelyn Burns, Vox, "The LGBTQ civil rights fight is far from over," 17 July 2019 But the jeers grew particularly lusty about 90 minutes before the Angels defeated the Astros 7-2 amid an altercation sparked when Marisnick was hit by a pitch. Jack Harris, Los Angeles Times, "Benches clear in Angels-Astros game after Jake Marisnick is hit by a pitch," 16 July 2019 Facing arch rival England for the first time since returning from a 12-month ban for ball tampering, both men walked out to boos and jeers, though the most forceful were reserved for Smith. James Masters, CNN, "Australia leaves England on the brink at Cricket World Cup," 25 June 2019 Amid ongoing debate over the Civil Rights Act in Washington, Ms. 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, Washington Post, "Dorothy Cotton, civil rights leader and confidante to Martin Luther King Jr., dies at 88," 12 June 2018 The Gunners confirmed the Gabonese striker would join their ranks in a club record transfer on Wednesday, just days after the 28-year-old received jeers and whistles from home supporters upon returning to Dortmund's first-team., "Report Claims Arsenal Will Pay Batshuayi Loan Fee With Dortmund Muscled Into Aubameyang Sale," 31 Jan. 2018

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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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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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