jeer

verb
\ 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

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 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

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

Other democratic legislators who attempted to calm the crowd were abused and jeered. Time Staff, Time, "On the Anniversary of Its Return to Chinese Sovereignty, Hong Kong Flies the Rebel Flag," 1 July 2019 Coutinho has had a disappointing first full season with Barcelona, where he has been jeered by fans. Mauricio Savarese And Debora Rey, chicagotribune.com, "Messi returns for another shot at Copa America title with Argentina," 13 June 2019 There might have been a handful of jerks jeering and celebrating in the moment when Durant first went down, but they were hushed by Golden State and Toronto players. Greg Moore, azcentral, "Kevin Durant playing through injury shows love for game — it's why Toronto fans ended up cheering," 10 June 2019 In a response to the apparent actions of Montenegro fans, Raheem Sterling celebrated his goal — England’s fifth — by cupping his ears in front of the home supporters, who jeered the winger. Steve Douglas, The Seattle Times, "Ronaldo injured for Portugal; big wins for France, England," 25 Mar. 2019 Froome, who was cleared of doping in an asthma drug case on Monday, was also jeered at Thursday's team presentations. Andrew Dampf, chicagotribune.com, "4-time Tour de France champion Chris Froome flies off the road into a ditch in opening stage," 7 July 2018 This caused political controversy in Germany and both players were jeered by fans in the warm-up games for the World Cup. SI.com, "Oliver Bierhoff Questions Arsenal Star's Future Involvement in Germany Squad After Poor WC Campaign," 6 July 2018 The fans in the stadium took exception to the lackadaisical style of play, jeering both sides. Andrew Das, New York Times, "France and Denmark Advance After World Cup’s First 0-0 Draw," 27 June 2018 After being jeered at halftime, Madrid came back strongly after the break, with Karim Benzema scoring early with a close-range shot over the goalkeeper after a through ball by Lucas Vazquez. USA TODAY, "Real Madrid crashes out of Copa del Rey," 24 Jan. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Jung said with a smirk — eliciting jeers from the audience and prompting the judge to threaten to clear the courtroom. Wesley Lowery, Washington Post, "‘I can’t breathe.’ Five years after Eric Garner died in struggle with New York police, resolution still elusive.," 13 June 2019 A few days after her birthday, Thompson participated in a protest against inaction in the face of climate change (three cheers!) but flew on a carbon-spewing airplane to get there (three jeers!) but planted trees to offset the emissions (forgiven?). Eliza Berman, Time, "Emma Thompson Just Wants to Make Us Laugh—and Maybe Get Arrested," 6 June 2019 The training prompted jeers and jokes from some on the staff. Michael Alison Chandler, Washington Post, "Men account for nearly 1 in 5 complaints of workplace sexual harassment with the EEOC," 8 Apr. 2018 In one unsavory incident, England winger Raheem Sterling cupped his ears after scoring England’s fifth goal and Montenegro fans responded with jeers before an object — reportedly a lighter — was thrown onto the field. Rob Harris, The Seattle Times, "PM May wants ‘swift action’ on racial abuse of England stars," 26 Mar. 2019 And so Stanton, whose first season in New York has been modest by his standards, heard the jeers. David Waldstein, New York Times, "On Old-Timers’ Day in the Bronx, It’s the New Guy Who Gets Jeered," 17 June 2018 The French ran out 3-1 winners over Italy, but Pogba was on the receiving end of some unfriendly jeers from his own supporters. SI.com, "France Boss Didier Deschamps Leaps to Paul Pogba's Defence Following Jeers From His Own Fans," 2 June 2018 When Antoine Griezmann, France’s best scoring threat, went off in the 68th minute, the crowd greeted his departure with more jeers. Andrew Das, New York Times, "France and Denmark Advance After World Cup’s First 0-0 Draw," 27 June 2018 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

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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 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.

jeer

noun

Kids Definition of jeer (Entry 2 of 2)

: a scornful remark or sound : taunt

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