American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To smirk or laugh in contempt or derision.
- n. A taunting, scoffing, or derisive look or gibe.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To grin in mockery; make a wry face in contempt; hence, to gibe; sneer: as, to fleer and flout.
- To grin with an air of civility; leer.
- To mock; jeer at.
- n. Derision or mockery, expressed by words or looks.
- n. A grin of civility; a leer.
- n. One who flees.
- n. A dialectal (Scotch) variant of floor.
- v. To make a wry face in contempt, or to grin in scorn; to deride; to sneer; to mock; to gibe.
- n. one who flees
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. One who flees.
- To make a wry face in contempt, or to grin in scorn; to deride; to sneer; to mock; to gibe.
- obsolete To grin with an air of civility; to leer.
- v. To mock; to flout at.
- n. A word or look of derision or mockery.
- n. obsolete A grin of civility; a leer.
- n. someone who flees from an uncongenial situation
- n. contempt expressed by mockery in looks or words
- v. to smirk contemptuously
- From flee + -er (Wiktionary)
- Middle English flerien, of Scandinavian origin. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“Sims had a derisive smile, a fleer, and it grew meaner by the second.”
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