Definition of jeer in English:



  • 1 Make rude and mocking remarks, typically in a loud voice:

    ‘some of the younger men jeered at him’
    ‘the jeering crowds’
    • ‘And crowds of possibly a few thousand stand around jeering and throwing things, apparently having been whipped into a frenzy by the rabble-rousing of said local religious authorities.’
    • ‘A new chain of cheering started and men began to crowd Tristan and pat him on the back, laughing and jeering.’
    • ‘Mr Hatton said Cowell had been caught on video throwing missiles at police and was seen to be involved in making a barricade out of scaffolding as a crowd jeered.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Raising her voice to yell out at the gathered crowd she jeered, ‘Are we tired of her control?’’
    • ‘Catholics have for a long time been the easy target in the media, the only group in society that can still be mocked and jeered at without being labeled politically incorrect for doing so.’
    • ‘Half-time was over and I could hear the crowd cheering and jeering.’
    • ‘The crowd jeered when the trustees refused to hear arguments about Hall's exclusion.’
    • ‘She had stopped to listen and offer words of advice, but the other members of that clique had stepped out of the shadows, laughing and jeering.’
    • ‘‘This battle will be much more interesting than I thought,’ Seres jeered, laughing loudly.’
    • ‘The crowd jeered when told the minister was not available.’
    • ‘Even worse than the placards was the picture of a crowd of locals jeering at the man's wife as she was driven out of town.’
    • ‘With the crowd jeering and whistling, the USA pulled away in the fourth quarter to secure victory.’
    • ‘The throng of people was excited, jeering and mocking, jostling the two who held on to the man at the centre of it all.’
    • ‘A couple kids teased and jeered and pointed at her as she ran.’
    • ‘He lay there, the men standing about laughing and jeering.’
    • ‘Police officers eventually controlled the crowd, which jeered, chanted and booed after its attempts to force its way into the count centre had been blocked.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, this success seems to have come at a price, with certain sections of the crowd indulging in boorish, jeering and in some cases lewd behaviour.’
    • ‘In recent weeks, he has sneered and jeered and delighted in telling pro-hunting country people to submit to the will of the townies in banning the hunt and sentencing tens of thousands of hounds to death.’
    • ‘Demonstrators of all ages beat drums and blew whistles along a three-mile route that took them past parliament and the end of Downing Street, where crowds paused to jeer towards Mr Blair's office.’
    taunt, mock, scoff at, ridicule, laugh at, sneer at, deride, tease, insult, abuse, scorn
    heckle, interrupt, shout at, shout down, hector, hoot at, whistle at
    knock, give someone a hard time
    flout at
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    1. 1.1[with object] Shout rude and mocking remarks at (someone):
      ‘councillors were jeered and heckled’
      • ‘David Blunkett, who said he was expecting a rough ride from frontline officers over his controversial pay offer and police reform package, said officers who jeered him would lose credibility.’
      • ‘His tenure got off to a rocky start yesterday, when he was jeered and harassed by left-wing members of the European Parliament.’
      • ‘England fans used to jeer him, but Owen Hargreaves silenced his critics at the World Cup and is now turning his thoughts to a Premiership career’
      • ‘Mr Blair also said he was not alarmed yesterday when protesters jeered him during his speech.’
      • ‘He publicly backed Caldwell and slammed the minority of supporters who had jeered him.’
      • ‘While in the US, however, people rarely needed me to repeat my name, calling out to me without inhibitions or jeering me.’
      • ‘The US Secretary of State was booed and jeered throughout his speech as he sought to put a positive spin on US wrecking tactics at the summit and its failure to take effective action in protecting the world's environment.’
      • ‘He was jeered and heckled by his club's own supporters at Upton Park on Monday when his team beat Middlesbrough’
      • ‘The Coalition jeered him and you could almost see the opposition benches cringe.’
      • ‘If they jeer you, it means they do not like you, and I am going to look for another team.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They either jeered and insulted me, or didn't talk to me at all.’
      • ‘Each time he tried to deflect the question, audience members jeered him.’
      • ‘He was jeered by supporters in his final season at the Nou Camp, and in the last few months he has been dropped by both club and country.’
      • ‘They made faces, jeered her, and poked fun at her.’
      • ‘He said he couldn't understand why he was repeatedly jeered during his speech about the evils of reconciliation.’
      • ‘His only involvement so far was in an opening day defeat by Middlesbrough, during which he was jeered by his own fans.’
      • ‘As he left that rally, he was jeered by lines of workmen.’
      • ‘He was angrily jeered when he refused to apologise, and instead expressed his ‘regret’.’
      • ‘More than 500 people filled the small gym, and jeered Smith at every opportunity.’


  • A rude and mocking remark:

    ‘the taunts and jeers of my classmates’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The jeers there were from the Opposition, who knew that Mr Downer had failed to deny that either he or his Office were involved.’
    • ‘‘I'm not asking you to trust me,’ he said, to sustained jeers from an audience of about 300, average age approximately 75.’
    • ‘The voter would leave the poll to the jeers and threats of those who disapproved of his answer, but fortified by thoughts of the feast to come from his grateful patrons.’
    • ‘The new guy whispered something to Jessica that Taylor couldn't hear due to the laughter, jeers, taunts, and whistles of the other students.’
    • ‘She took to the London stage again but this time her lateness and unreliable vocals elicited cat-calls, jeers and even projectiles from angry audiences.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Go to any opposing arena and you hear the taunts and jeers.’
    • ‘As soon as they turn the corner, Tommy's behavior turns to taunting and jeers.’
    • ‘Nobody dared to attack him, and instead they contented themselves with insults and jeers - these the man ignored.’
    • ‘He would prefer to die than hear the jeers of people rejoicing at his downfall.’
    • ‘Cajoling by a minister was met with derisive jeers.’
    • ‘Booing that came mainly from the crowd in the stands became so intense that Doctorow stopped speaking at one point, showing no emotion as he stood silently and listened to the jeers.’
    • ‘Wails of disappointment and jeers echoed through France after their beloved ‘Les Bleus’ were dethroned as world champions without even scoring a goal.’
    • ‘He raises his arms in delight and turns to face the crowd, he hears jeers and boos.’
    • ‘Unlike in the FA Cup tie between the teams last season, these jeers won't be read as being racist, it was just simple, good old-fashioned booing.’
    • ‘But the air was just as thick with the old sneers and jeers.’
    • ‘Boos and jeers interrupted a speech by United States Sect. of State Colin Powell.’
    • ‘Fujimori's vow Friday to protect the constitution provoked jeers from opposition congressmen, who accused him of violating it many times during his decade in power.’
    • ‘They returned to the hall in time for the next item on the agenda, amid jeers and taunts from the Treasury benches.’
    taunt, sneer, insult, shout, jibe, boo, hiss, catcall
    mockery, ridicule, derision, teasing, scoffing, hectoring, shouting, abuse, scorn, disapproval, interruption, heckling, catcalling, booing, hissing
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Mid 16th century: of unknown origin.