Definition of jeer in English:

jeer

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Pronunciation: /dʒɪə
 
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verb

[no object]
1Make rude and mocking remarks, typically in a loud voice: some of the younger men jeered at him (as adjective jeering) the jeering crowds
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  • Raising her voice to yell out at the gathered crowd she jeered, ‘Are we tired of her control?’
  • With the crowd jeering and whistling, the USA pulled away in the fourth quarter to secure victory.
  • Exactly seventeen years later, I find myself in a head to head confrontation with the army, while the public at large is jeering and mocking me from the sidelines.
Synonyms
taunt, mock, scoff at, ridicule, laugh at, sneer at, deride, tease, insult, abuse, jibe (at), scorn, shout disapproval (at);
heckle, interrupt, shout at/down, hector, catcall (at), boo (at), hoot at, whistle at, hiss (at), blow raspberries (at)
informal knock, give someone a hard time
archaic flout at
1.1 [with object] Shout rude and mocking remarks at (someone): councillors were jeered and heckled
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  • Mr Blair finally discovered that he was no longer Britain's Eva Peron when he was jeered and heckled by, of all people, members of the Women's Institute.
  • He was jeered and heckled by his club's own supporters at Upton Park on Monday when his team beat Middlesbrough
  • While in the US, however, people rarely needed me to repeat my name, calling out to me without inhibitions or jeering me.

noun

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A rude and mocking remark: the taunts and jeers of my classmates
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  • They returned to the hall in time for the next item on the agenda, amid jeers and taunts from the Treasury benches.
  • And due to public pressure - which came in the form of letters, phone calls, taunts, jeers and even bomb threats - the city was forced to pull the plug on the project.
  • Imagine that this isolation causes you to weep and even scream in distress, and that everyone with any power to do something about it, at best ignores you and at times even taunts you, or jeers at you.
Synonyms
taunt, sneer, insult, shout, jibe, boo, hiss, catcall;
mockery, ridicule, derision, teasing, scoffing, hectoring, shouting, abuse, scorn, disapproval, interruption, heckling, catcalling, booing, hissing;
British & Australian/New Zealand barracking
informal knocking

Origin

mid 16th century: of unknown origin.

Derivatives

jeeringly

adverb
More example sentences
  • Our request that the security forces disperse the settlers and allow the villagers to complete their harvest was jeeringly denied.
  • He answered plainly, almost jeeringly, turning his head away boredly.
  • On seeing us enter, he swayed up onto his feet, grabbed his tankard, and raised it jeeringly to us.

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