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Jeer (?), n. [Cf. Gear.] Naut. (a)

A gear; a tackle.

(b) pl.

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

Jeer capstan Naut., an extra capstan usually placed between the foremast and mainmast.


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Jeer, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Jeered (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Jeering.] [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.]

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. Spenser.

Syn. -- To sneer; scoff; flout; gibe; mock.


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Jeer (?), v. t.

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. B. Jonson.


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Jeer, n.

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. Swift.


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