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Mar 25, 2022
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rusticate
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quillet
fleer

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fleer

PRONUNCIATION:
(fleer)

MEANING:
verb intr.: To laugh in a derisive manner.
noun: A mocking look.

ETYMOLOGY:
Perhaps of Scandinavian origin. Earliest documented use: 1400.

USAGE:
“A meeting of JKYSAC ... censured the statement of [ministers who] mocked and fleered on their plights.”
No Right to Mock the Refugees’ Plight: JKYSAC; The Northlines (Jammu, India); Jul 7, 2014.

“Leon. Tush, tush, man! never fleer and jest at me.”
William Shakespeare; Much Ado About Nothing; 1600.

See more usage examples of fleer in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

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I have yet to hear a man ask for advice on how to combine marriage and a career. -Gloria Steinem, activist, editor (b. 25 Mar 1934)

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