jeer Definitions


a mocking remark or reflection.

an assemblage or combination of tackles, for hoisting or lowering the yards of a ship.


to mock; treat with mockery; to taunt.

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  • when university of western ontario researchers studied why people partake in “shadenfreude” — the tendency of taking delight in the misery of others — they found that study participants who enjoyed this type of put-down humor often did so to conform to the attitudes of their peers, and showed a fear of ridicule at their own expense. in other words, if they pointed and laughed at the person everyone else was making fun of, they would then be spared from the same sort of mockery. the researchers coined it “jeer pressure.” everydayhealth.com

  • (french). a nickname. ménage thinks the etymology is the latin subridieulum (somewhat ridiculous); count de gebelin suggests the romance words sopra-quest (a name acquired over and above your proper names); while leglay is in favour of soubriquet, a word common in the fourteenth century to express a sound of contempt, half whistle and half jeer, made by raising quickly the chin. probably sous-brechet, where brechet means the breast, seen in our word “brisket.” infoplease.com