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

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 Media were invited to photograph the board members in the cages, as gang members in adjacent cages jeered. Mary Anastasia O’grady, WSJ, "The U.S. Funds Guatemalan Abuse," 19 Aug. 2018 The news comes just hours after Pogba's poor performance during France's 3-1 friendly win over Italy, where he was jeered by the home fans when he was substituted in the 87th minute. SI.com, "Journalist Claims Jose Mourinho 'Wants to Keep Paul Pogba' Despite Growing Talk Over Summer Exit," 5 June 2018 While the rally was largely peaceful, the Republic protesters were periodically booed and jeered throughout the day by those who had showed up in droves to celebrate. Graham Smith, Time, "Harry and Meghan's Wedding Is a Reminder That Britain Doesn't Need the Royals," 18 May 2018 As the Trumps departed for Blenheim Palace on Marine One, where they were scheduled to dine with Prime Minister Theresa May, protesters could be heard jeering, drum beating and chanting in the distant background. Adam Shaw, Fox News, "Trump starts UK leg amid scattered protests, Brexit divisions," 12 July 2018 Dozens of protesters jeered at Pompeo’s motorcade as the delegation arrived to congratulate the leftist, populist Lopez Obrador. Susannah George, BostonGlobe.com, "We can’t afford to replace empathy with apathy," 13 July 2018 Two weeks later the dying Yugoslav football association held a World Cup preparatory match in the same stadium, only for Croatian fans to jeer at the Yugoslav national anthem. The Economist, "Croatia stands on the cusp of World Cup victory," 13 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 The cheers-jeers cycle fueled by the internet is familiar to comedians. Ellen Gamerman, WSJ, "For the Oscars, It Is Back to the Drawing Board After Kevin Hart’s Departure as Host," 7 Dec. 2018 After Trump mentioned globalism, there was a jeer about George Soros, the liberal donor who was the target of one of the pipe bombs. Catherine Lucey, The Seattle Times, "After arrest, Republicans struggle with mail bombs fallout," 27 Oct. 2018 Amid ongoing debate over the Civil Rights Act in Washington, 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, chicagotribune.com, "Dorothy Cotton, civil rights leader and confidante to Martin Luther King Jr., dies at 88," 12 June 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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