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- n. One who jeers; a mocker
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A scoffer; a railer; a mocker.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who jeers; a scoffer; a railer; a scorner; a mocker.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. someone who jeers or mocks or treats something with contempt or calls out in derision
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And therefore an impertinent jeerer makes the whole company seem ill-natured and abusive, as being pleased with and consenting to the scurrility of the jeer.
And we are more apt to be offended with a joke than a plain and scurrilous abuse; for we see the latter often slip from a man unwittingly in passion, but consider the former as a thing voluntary, proceeding from malice and ill-nature; and therefore we are generally more offended at a sharp jeerer than a whistling snarler.
Again, I can't get over the obnoxiousness of a sideline jeerer telling the dog to starve itself to fit in its puppy sized collar.
He married, being well advanced in years, having spent his youth in good fellowship, a great talker and a great jeerer, calling to mind how much the subject of cuckoldry had given him occasion to talk and scoff at others.
Everybody is in dishabille in the morning, but towards twilight the girls put on their better dresses, and comb their glossy raven hair, heaping it up in great solid braids, and, hanging two long golden ear-rings in their ears and _collane_ round their full necks, come forth conquering and to conquer, and saunter bare-headed up and down the streets, or lounge about the doorways or piazzas in groups, ready to give back to any jeerer as good as he sends.
I am borne out in what I say by the behaviour of great flatterers and demagogues,  the greatest of whom Alcibiades, a jeerer and horse-rearer at Athens, and living a gay and merry life, wore his hair closely shaven at Lacedæmon, and washed in cold water, and attired himself in a threadbare cloak; while in Thrace he fought  and drank; and at Tissaphernes 'court lived delicately and luxuriously and in a pretentious style; and thus curried favour and was popular with everybody by imitating their habits and ways.
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