One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Laugh impudently or jeeringly.‘he fleered at us’mock, deride, ridicule, sneer at, be scornful about, treat contemptuously, jeer at, jibe at, make fun of, poke fun at, laugh at, scorn, laugh to scorn, dismiss, pooh-pooh, make light of, belittleView synonyms
An impudent or jeering look or speech.
Late Middle English: probably of Scandinavian origin and related to Norwegian and Swedish dialect flira ‘to grin’.
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