(noun) contempt expressed by mockery in looks or words
fugitive, runaway, fleer
(noun) someone who flees from an uncongenial situation; “fugitives from the sweatshops”
(verb) to smirk contemptuously
Source: WordNet® 3.1
fleer (third-person singular simple present fleers, present participle fleering, simple past and past participle fleered)
(archaic) To make a wry face in contempt, or to grin in scorn
Synonyms: deride, sneer, mock, gibe, Thesaurus:deride
(archaic) To grin with an air of civility; to leer.
Synonyms: fligger, Thesaurus:to smile
(archaic) mockery; derision
fleer (plural fleers)
one who flees
• Freel, refel
Definition: One who flees. Ld. Berners.
Fleer, [imp. & p. p. Fleered (; p. pr. & vb. n. Fleering.] Etym: [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.
Fleer, v. t.
Definition: To mock; to flout at. Beau. & Fl.
1. A word or look of derision or mockery.
And mark the fleers, the gibes, and notable scorn. Shak.
2. A grin of civility; a leer. [Obs.]
A sly, treacherous fleer on the face of deceivers. South.
Source: Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 1913 Edition