Origin of jeeruncertain or unknown; perhaps altered from cheer
A girl jeers at her brother.
An example of to jeer is a bully at school calling a classmate an orphan after their parents get divorced.
verbjeered, jeer·ing, jeers
Origin of jeerOrigin unknown
(third-person singular simple present jeers, present participle jeering, simple past and past participle jeered)
Perhaps a corruption of cheer (“to salute with cheers”), taken in an ironical sense; or more probably from Dutch gekscheren (“to jeer”, literally “to shear the fool”), from gek (“a fool”) (see geck) + scheren (“to shear”) (see shear (verb)).