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Fleer   /flɪr/   Listen

To smirk contemptuously.

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"Fleer" Quotes from Famous Books

... Dr. Holmes is not only a scientific, but a sarcastic opponent. He both acknowledges and satirizes the fact, that intellectual men, eminent in all professions but that of medicine, are champions of the system he derides; but he does not the less spare one bitter word or cutting fleer against the system itself. By thus daring, provoking, and defying opposition both to his professional and literary reputation, he seems to us to indicate a real, if somewhat impatient love of truth. He valorously ...
— Atlantic Monthly, Vol. 8, No. 46, August, 1861 • Various

... of Scandinavian origin seems to unite the senses of 'grinning,' 'flattering' (see Love's Labour's Lost, V, ii, 109, and Ben Jonson's "fawn and fleer" in Volpone, III, i, 20), and 'sneering,' and so is just the right epithet for a telltale, who flatters you into saying that of another which you ought not to say, and then mocks you by going to that other and telling what you have said.—/Hold, my hand:/ stay! here is my hand. As men clasp ...
— The New Hudson Shakespeare: Julius Caesar • William Shakespeare

Words linked to "Fleer" :   someone, contempt, flee, somebody, scorn, individual, person, simper, mortal, smirk, soul

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