from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of scoffing or gibing.

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  • verb Present participle of fleer.


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  • The sneering and fleering seem fairly uniform MOs if not WMDs!

    On Thursday, the Legg report will be published along with... 2008

  • Abderites been conversant with us, and but seen what [448] fleering and grinning there is in this age, they would certainly have concluded, we had been all out of our wits.

    Anatomy of Melancholy 2007

  • So I went and sat me down in the window, and she took her place at the upper end of the table; and her saucy Jackey, fleering at me most provokingly, sat down by her.

    Pamela 2006

  • The saucy creature took a napkin, and dipt it in water, and with a fleering air, here, Miss; holding the wet corner to me.

    Clarissa Harlowe 2006

  • The moment it was dusk she pulled down the window-shades all the shades, flush with the sill, but beyond them she felt moist fleering eyes.

    Main Street 2004

  • She fleering in his face, and shaking her head at him, replyed.

    The Decameron 2004

  • Christ stops her fleering mouth with the dung of her own unchaste conversation, charging her with that infamous sort of life she had hitherto lived: q.d. "Thou, for thy impudent adulteries, hast suffered divorce from five husbands already; and he whom thou now hast is not thy husband, but an adulterer."

    From the Talmud and Hebraica 1602-1675 1979

  • _ He, he, he, he, a Curse of your fleering Jests -- Yet, however ill I succeeded, I'll venture the same Wager, she does not value thee a spoonful of Snuff -- Nay more, though you enjoyn'd her Silence to me, you'll never make her speak to the Purpose with your self.

    The Busie Body Susanna Centlivre

  • Or when we giue a mocke with a scornefull countenance as in some smiling sort looking aside or by drawing the lippe awry, or shrinking vp the nose; the Greeks called it _Micterismus_, we may terme it a fleering frumpe, as he that said to one whose wordes he beleued not, no doubt Sir of that.

    The Arte of English Poesie George Puttenham

  • This fleering frumpe is one of the Courtly graces of _hicke the scorner.

    The Arte of English Poesie George Puttenham


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