\ 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

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 At that point, the 54,000 fans rose from their seats and jeered the police. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'Oh dear, oh dear. The lads in blue are here': When Rolling Stones (and police) packed County Stadium," 19 June 2019 Johnson was jeered and booed by the crowd on arrival. Joe Mayes,, "Brexit Bulletin: Johnson’s Ultimatum," 30 July 2019 The crowd jeered Kyrgios in Mexico and afterward Nadal claimed the Canberra native needed to show more respect to opponents, the crowd — and himself. Ravi Ubha, CNN, "Kyrgios on Nadal: 'We wouldn't go to the pub for a drink'," 3 July 2019 But Ohioans might jeer rather than cheer if that happens. Jessie Balmert,, "Poll: Ohio voters support Roe v. Wade; oppose heartbeat bill abortion ban," 10 Apr. 2019 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 But while there is some comic nature to booing and jeers aimed at Smith, there is also grudging respect. James Masters, CNN, "Australia vs. England: England ends 27-year wait to reach World Cup final," 11 July 2019 Those jeers remained robust before his first at-bat in the third inning but dissipated by his second at-bat in the sixth. Mike Digiovanna,, "Dodgers are stunned in the ninth in loss to Cubs," 15 June 2019 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

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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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