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Etymology 1[edit]

Probably from a Scandinavian source, compare Norwegian bokmål flire (to giggle), Jutish Danish flire.


  • (UK) IPA(key): /flɪə(ɹ)/
  • (US) IPA(key): /flɪɹ/
    • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɪə(ɹ)


fleer (third-person singular simple present fleers, present participle fleering, simple past and past participle fleered)

  1. (archaic) To make a wry face in contempt, or to grin in scorn
    Synonyms: deride, sneer, mock, gibe; see also Thesaurus:deride
  2. (archaic) To grin with an air of civility; to leer.
    Synonyms: fligger; see also Thesaurus:to smile
    • 1552, Latimer, Hugh, The Fifth Sermon Preached on the Twenty-Fourth Sunday After Trinity, 1552; republished in The Sermons of the Right Reverend Father in God, and Constant Martyr of Jesus Christ, Hugh Latimer, Some Time Bishop of Worcester, volume 2, London: James Duncan, 1824, page 212:
      In the time of popery, before the gospel came amongst us, we went to burials with weeping and wailing, as though there were no God: but since the gospel came unto us, I have heard say, that in some places they go with the corses grinning and flearing, as though they went to a bear-baiting; []


fleer (uncountable)

  1. (archaic) mockery; derision

Etymology 2[edit]

From flee +‎ -er



fleer (plural fleers)

  1. one who flees
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Lord Berners to this entry?)