Origin of fleerMiddle English flerien, probably ; from Scandinavian as in Danish dialect, dialectal , Norwegian flire, to snicker, laugh, probably ; from Indo-European base an unverified form plēi-, bald, bare
intransitive verbfleered, fleer·ing, fleers
Origin of fleerMiddle English flerien, of Scandinavian origin.
(third-person singular simple present fleers, present participle fleering, simple past and past participle fleered)
- To make a wry face in contempt, or to grin in scorn; to deride; to sneer; to mock; to gibe.
- To grin with an air of civility; to leer.
Probably from a Scandinavian source, compare Norwegian bokmål flire (“to giggle”), Jutish Danish flire.
- one who flees
Variant of flee
intransitive verbfled, fleeing
- to run away or escape from danger, pursuit, unpleasantness, etc.
- to pass away swiftly; vanish: night had fled
- to move rapidly; go swiftly
Origin of fleeMiddle English fleen ; from Old English fleon: see flow