jeer

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v jeer laugh at with contempt and derision "The crowd jeered at the speaker"
    • n jeer showing your contempt by derision
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Jeer (Naut) A gear; a tackle.
    • n Jeer A railing remark or reflection; a scoff; a taunt; a biting jest; a flout; a jibe; mockery. "Midas, exposed to all their jeers ,
      Had lost his art, and kept his ears."
    • v. t Jeer To treat with scoffs or derision; to address with jeers; to taunt; to flout; to mock at. "And if we can not jeer them, we jeer ourselves."
    • v. i Jeer To utter sarcastic or scoffing reflections; to speak with mockery or derision; to use taunting language; to scoff; as, to jeer at a speaker. "But when he saw her toy and gibe and jeer ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • jeer To make a mock of some person or thing; scoff: as, to jeer at one in sport.
    • jeer Synonyms Gibe, Scoff, etc. See sneer.
    • jeer To treat with scoffs or derision; make a mock of; deride; flout.
    • n jeer A scoff; a taunt; a flout; a gibe; a mock.
    • n jeer A huff; a pet.
    • n jeer Nautical, tackle for hoisting or lowering the lower yards of a man-of-war: usually in the plural.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Jeer jēr to make sport of: to treat with derision
    • v.i Jeer to scoff: to deride: to make a mock of
    • n Jeer a railing remark: biting jest: mockery
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Perh. a corrup. of cheer, to salute with cheers, taken in an ironical sense; or more prob. fr. D. gekscheren, to jeer, lit., to shear the fool; gek, a fool (see 1st Geck) + scheren, to shear. See Shear (v.)

Usage

In literature:

It sounded so much like a jeer that Johnnie turned around and made a face at the black rascal.
"The Tale of Snowball Lamb" by Arthur Bailey
The eight breeds, as one, instantly set up a merciless, derisive jeering.
"Two on the Trail" by Hulbert Footner
The whole school would probably rise and jeer at him when he entered chapel the next morning.
"The Varmint" by Owen Johnson
I gritted my teeth and swore that I at any rate should go again in spite of their incredulous jeers.
"The Escape of a Princess Pat" by George Pearson
A jeering name for the red-herring.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
The kitchen was filled with cries and jeers and threats.
"A Poor Man's House" by Stephen Sydney Reynolds
She was not to be jeered out of what she knew to be a wise act, whether the food would be needed or not.
"Girl Scouts in the Adirondacks" by Lillian Elizabeth Roy
He was only a cipher in the mob of laughing, jeering boys who had gathered round Harry.
"The Hero of Garside School" by J. Harwood Panting
A lot of you who are jeering and interrupting now are going to be among our best friends.
"The Convert" by Elizabeth Robins
The tumbrils were already rattling along amidst the frenzied jeers of the crowd.
"Terribly Intimate Portraits" by Noël Coward
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In poetry:

Now if success shall crown him,
Oh, how the world will cheer.
Now if misfortune shall down him,
Oh, how the scoffer will jeer.
"Into The World" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
An' aye we'll haud our rig afore,
An' ply to hae the shearing o'er,
Syne you will soon forget you bore
Your neighbours' jibes and jeering.
"When Autumn Comes" by Robert Hogg
Jeering schoolboys used to say
His chimney would never be raked away
By the moon, and you by a jest so rough
May know that his cabin was low enough.
"Sandy Macleod" by Alice Cary
The Whigs may scoff, the Whigs may jeer,
But ah! that love maun be sincere,
Which still keeps true whate'er betide,
An' for his sake leaves a' beside.
"He's Owre the Hills that I Lo'e Weel" by Carolina Oliphant
"Above the harps and angel's songs I hear,
The demon's laugh, and taunting jeer;
Oh, comrade! brother! saint!
Pray for the tempted; oh, pray and do not faint!"
"The Legend of St. Bevon!" by Alice Coale Simpers
They begin to understand
The rickshaw boys begin to understand
And then the devil comes into their faces,
But a different sort, a cold, rebellious, jeering devil.
"Elephant" by D H Lawrence

In news:

Cheers & Jeers for Tuesday, Dec 11.
Cheers and Jeers for Monday, Dec 10.
Some cheers, some jeers for recent newsmakers.
JEERS to departing state Rep Paul Adams, R-Andover, who could not even manage to make a graceful exit from the Statehouse.
Cheers & Jeers for Saturday, Dec 8.
Cheers and Jeers North for 11-24.
Cincinnati jeers haunt Raiders' Palmer.
Cheers and Jeers North for 11-17.
Cheers & Jeers : editorial.
Cheers to Rachel Scott's legacy, Jeers to hindering free speech.
Cal's jeers don't stop Thompson's big game.
Cheers & Jeers : Freeland students show their class and our take on other news items.
Kansas City boo-birds draw jeers after Cassell injury.
Colorado Rockies fans deliver cheers and jeers at final game of 2012 season.
Related Stories for Cheers, jeers greet Ryan in Knoxville.
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