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Meaning of FLEER

 
Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \Fle"er\, n.
    One who flees. --Ld. Berners.
    
    
  2. \Fleer\, [imp. & p. p. {Fleered}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Fleering}.] [OE. flerien; cf. Scot. fleyr, Norw. flira to
    titter, giggle, laugh at nothing, MHG. vlerre, vlarre, a wide
    wound.]
    1. To make a wry face in contempt, or to grin in scorn; to
       deride; to sneer; to mock; to gibe; as, to fleer and
       flout.
    
             To fleer and scorn at our solemnity.  --Shak.
    
    2. To grin with an air of civility; to leer. [Obs.]
    
             Grinning and fleering as though they went to a bear
             baiting.                              --Latimer.
    
    
  3. \Fleer\, v. t.
    To mock; to flout at. --Beau. & Fl.
    
    
 
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