fleer vs runaway what difference

what is difference between fleer and runaway


Etymology 1

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


  • (UK) IPA(key): /flɪə(ɹ)/
  • (US) IPA(key): /flɪɹ/
  • 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


fleer (uncountable)

  1. (archaic) mockery; derision

Etymology 2

From flee +‎ -er


  • IPA(key): /ˈfliːə(ɹ)/
  • Rhymes: -iːə(ɹ)


fleer (plural fleers)

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


  • Freel, refel


Alternative forms

  • run-away


run +‎ away


  • IPA(key): /ˈɹʌnəweɪ/


runaway (plural runaways)

  1. A person or animal that runs away or has run away; a person, animal, or organization that escapes captivity or restrictions.
    Runaway children are vulnerable to criminal exploitation.
  2. A vehicle (especially, a train) that is out of control.
  3. (usually attributive) An object or process that is out of control or out of equilibrium.
  4. The act of running away, especially of a horse or teams.
    • 2012, John H. White, Jr., Wet Britches and Muddy Boots (page 171)
      The drivers were generally boys [] They would stop the team when other boats passed and at locks while waiting for the water to rise or fall. They could also be useful in preventing or stopping runaways. Horses were easily startled and might bolt off the tow path or into the canal itself.
  5. An overwhelming victory.
    The home side won in a runaway.



runaway (comparative more runaway, superlative most runaway)

  1. Having run away; escaped; fugitive.
    a runaway thief
    1. (of a horse or other animal) Having escaped from the control of the rider or driver.
      a runaway donkey
    2. Pertaining to or accomplished by running away or eloping.
      a runaway marriage
  2. Easily won, as a contest
    a runaway victory at the polls
  3. Accelerating out of control.
    a runaway train
    a runaway greenhouse effect
  4. unchecked; rampant.
    runaway prices
  5. (informal) deserting or revolting against one’s group, duties, expected conduct, or the like, especially to establish or join a rival group, change one’s life drastically, etc.
    The runaway delegates nominated their own candidate.


Derived terms

  • run-awayer
  • runaway shop
  • runaway truck ramp


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Related terms

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