Jeer meaning

jîr
(archaic) To mock; treat with mockery; to taunt; to flout.
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A scoffing or taunting remark or shout.
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To abuse vocally; taunt.

Jeered the speaker off the stage.

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(nautical) A gear; a tackle.
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(nautical, in the plural) An assemblage or combination of tackles, for hoisting or lowering the yards of a ship.
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To speak or shout derisively; mock.
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To jeer is defined as to make fun of in a mean or mocking way.

An example of to jeer is a bully at school calling a classmate an orphan after their parents get divorced.

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To make fun of (a person or thing) in a rude, sarcastic manner; mock; taunt; scoff (at)
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A jeering cry or remark; sarcastic or derisive comment.
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A railing remark or reflection; a scoff; a taunt; a biting jest; a flout; a jibe; mockery.
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(intransitive, jeer at) To utter sarcastic or mocking comments; to speak with mockery or derision; to use taunting language.
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Origin of jeer

  • Origin unknown

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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)).

    From Wiktionary

  • Compare gear.

    From Wiktionary