\ 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

Osaka, in what should have been a celebratory moment, ended up in tears at the awards ceremony as the crowd booed and jeered the umpiring and the result. Christopher Clarey, New York Times, "Serena Williams Crushes Maria Sharapova at the U.S. Open," 26 Aug. 2019 That said, Pelosi noted that party events in California can sometimes draw boisterous crowds of progressives, like the one at the state party convention that jeered as some party moderates warned against veering too far left. San Diego Union-Tribune, "As rivals head to California, Biden chooses New Hampshire," 19 Aug. 2019 Those closest to the melee held their phones aloft and tried to film the struggling man, while some jeered and laughed at him. Anchorage Daily News, "Hong Kong riot police, armed with pepper spray and batons, clash with protesters at airport," 14 Aug. 2019 Those closest to the melee held their phones aloft and tried to film the struggling man, while some jeered and laughed at him. Washington Post, "Hong Kong riot police, armed with pepper spray and batons, clash with protesters at airport," 13 Aug. 2019 In addition, when Neymar's name was heard over the loudspeaker, PSG's ultras jeered and whistled. Luis Miguel Echegaray,, "Neymar Booed as Brazilian Returns to PSG's First Team vs. Strasbourg," 14 Sep. 2019 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Unlike in the United States, members of Parliament don’t hesitate to make their opinions known as the prime minister speaks: They’re known to make faces, jeer, clap, and interrupt. Christina Prignano,, "The most dramatic moments from the Brexit controversy this week, explained," 4 Sep. 2019 That’s mainly why Shah’s announcement was met with loud jeers from opposition politicians as well as J&K’s leaders in Parliament. Alex Ward, Vox, "India’s risky Kashmir power grab, explained," 5 Aug. 2019 As Maupin tried to serve as a neutral mediator and allow the students to read statements of apologies, he was met with jeers from some students, who called him a shill for racists. Richard Ruelas And, azcentral, "Why has former Attorney General Tom Horne aligned himself with the Rev. Jarrett Maupin?," 21 June 2019 DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz notoriously faced jeers from audience members during her address. Nicole Sganga, CBS News, "2020 Democratic candidates speak at New Hampshire cattle call," 7 Sep. 2019 On Wednesday, the Rams defense had set the tone when cornerback Aqib Talib intercepted Carr’s first pass in a seven-on-seven drill and returned it down the left sideline amid jeers from Raiders fans. Los Angeles Times, "Rams and Raiders literally fight it out during practice preceding preseason opener," 8 Aug. 2019 Just a few months on from signing for PSG, Neymar found himself on the receiving end of jeers from his own supporters following his refusal to allow Edinson Cavani to take a late penalty during a victory over Dijon., "Neymar: 6 Defining Moments of the Brazilian's Two Years at Paris Saint-Germain," 3 Aug. 2019 The debate over the issue was punctuated by chants and jeers from several dozen climate activists, who crowded into the back of the hotel ballroom where the vote took place. Casey Tolan, The Mercury News, "Democratic National Committee votes against climate change debate at San Francisco meeting," 24 Aug. 2019 The room had been booing Grundmann, but the gaffe triggered even louder cheers and jeers from the crowd. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, ""We're a totally peaceful racist group," Straight Pride organizer tells California city council meeting," 9 Aug. 2019

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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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