Pronounced: FA-byoo-list, noun

Note: For some reason, I keep associating this word with ‘magician’ (but that’s not correct).

Yesterday’s word

The word fleer means “a word of look of derision or mockery”


The word is Scandinavian in origin; it is kin to the Norwegian word flire (to giggle). It showed up in Middle English as the verb fleryen (to laugh, grin, or grimace in a coarse manner).

First usage

The noun first appeared in Shakespeare’s Othello (early 1600s)

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Christian, lover-of-knowledge, Texan, and other things.

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