fleer

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v fleer to smirk contemptuously
    • n fleer contempt expressed by mockery in looks or words
    • n fleer someone who flees from an uncongenial situation "fugitives from the sweatshops"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Fleer A grin of civility; a leer. "A sly, treacherous fleer on the face of deceivers."
    • Fleer A word or look of derision or mockery. "And mark the fleers , the gibes, and notable scorn."
    • n fleer flē"ẽr One who flees.
    • fleer To grin with an air of civility; to leer. "Grinning and fleering as though they went to a bear baiting."
    • fleer To make a wry face in contempt, or to grin in scorn; to deride; to sneer; to mock; to gibe; as, to fleer and flout. "To fleer and scorn at our solemnity."
    • v. t Fleer To mock; to flout at.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • fleer To grin in mockery; make a wry face in contempt; hence, to gibe; sneer: as, to fleer and flout.
    • fleer To grin with an air of civility; leer.
    • fleer To mock; jeer at.
    • n fleer Derision or mockery, expressed by words or looks.
    • n fleer A grin of civility; a leer.
    • n fleer One who flees.
    • n fleer A dialectal (Scotch) variant of floor.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t., v.i Fleer flēr to make wry faces in contempt, to mock
    • n Fleer mockery
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. flerien,; cf. Scot. fleyr, Norw. flira, to titter, giggle, laugh at nothing, MHG. vlerre, vlarre, a wide wound

Usage

In literature:

So I caught hold of one of the fleers, and asked him what was toward; and he cried out, 'Loose me!
"The Well at the World's End" by William Morris
I asked my book where would I look And all it did was fleer me!
"Three Wonder Plays" by Lady I. A. Gregory
He is rather inclined to fleer at any pretension to American club life of earlier date.
"Fifth Avenue" by Arthur Bartlett Maurice
The cripple laughed again his feeble, fleering laugh.
"The Black Douglas" by S. R. Crockett
Now Brodir saw that King Brian's men were chasing the fleers, and that there were few men by the shieldburg.
"The story of Burnt Njal" by Anonymous
You laughed and fleered at me when I was on the cutter's deck.
"Cutlass and Cudgel" by George Manville Fenn
Then with a malignant laugh, the fleering laugh of a fiend, he stepped into the room.
"The Trail of '98" by Robert W. Service
His fleer was wide of the mark.
"'way Down In Lonesome Cove" by Charles Egbert Craddock (AKA Mary Noailles Murfree)
So what with his jeering and fleering and sneering, He plagued her from dawn until dark.
"The Book of Humorous Verse" by Various
To flewer or fleer is to smile in that grinning manner which shows all the teeth.
"It Might Have Been" by Emily Sarah Holt
Still, man he is, a man very jealous and afraid of fleers and flouts.
"The Fifth Queen Crowned" by Ford Madox Ford
You speak to Casca, and to such a man That is no fleering tell-tale.
"The New Hudson Shakespeare: Julius Caesar" by William Shakespeare
As he put it down, he saw and recognised us with a toss of one hand fleeringly above his head.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson, Volume XXI" by Robert Louis Stevenson
He saw the fleering rabble, the flinching wretch produced.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. XIX (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
You're not the sneering, fleering nasty kind.
"The Streets of Ascalon" by Robert W. Chambers
Their fleers nettled him; he was specially out of countenance one day because of a careless shaft of Mildred Fisher's.
"The Storm Centre" by Charles Egbert Craddock
How there's a pale lady all in white, that walks through the castle by night, and fleers you and Mr. Randolph sadly?
"Trevethlan: (Vol 2 of 3)" by William Davy Watson
His fleer was wide of the mark.
"The Phantoms of the Foot-Bridge and Other Stories" by Charles Egbert Craddock
It was half open, and the moon's licht danced in on the fleer.
"From Squire to Squatter" by Gordon Stables
They mock and fleer at us sons of honest toil.
"The Motor Girls in the Mountains" by Margaret Penrose
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In poetry:

Ah, not in dreams at all,
Fleering, perishing, dim,
But thy old self, supple and tall,
Mistress and child of whim!
"A Northern Vigil" by Bliss William Carman
"Yes, Abner, but thus soon to yield,
Neighbours would fleer, and look behind 'em;
Though, with a husband in the field,
Perhaps, indeed, I should not mind 'em.
"Abner And The Widow Jones" by Robert Bloomfield

In news:

2006-07 Fleer Basketball to feature Jordan autographs.
The Marvel Entertainment Group, the comic book publisher, and the Fleer Corporation, the baseball card maker, said yesterday that they had settled an investor lawsuit against them, clearing the way for Fleer to be acquired by Marvel.
Pascual Perez, seen here on his 1989 Fleer baseball card.
Dave Righetti is shown on the 2000 Fleer Greats Of The Game card No 11.
Clows joins the frequent fleer club.
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In science:

The numerical treatment is based on a Green’s functions formalism first introduced by Rubin [36, 37, 38] and later used in the more general theory of Scheutjens and Fleer .
Random copolymer adsorption: Morita approximation compared to exact numerical simulations
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