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scoff1

[skawf, skof] /skɔf, skɒf/
verb (used without object)
1.
to speak derisively; mock; jeer (often followed by at):
If you can't do any better, don't scoff. Their efforts toward a peaceful settlement are not to be scoffed at.
verb (used with object)
2.
to mock at; deride.
noun
3.
an expression of mockery, derision, doubt, or derisive scorn; jeer.
4.
an object of mockery or derision.
Origin of scoff1
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English scof; origin uncertain, but compare Old Norse skopa to scorn
Related forms
scoffer, noun
scoffingly, adverb
Synonyms
1. gibe. Scoff, jeer, sneer imply behaving with scornful disapproval toward someone or about something. To scoff is to express insolent doubt or derision, openly and emphatically: to scoff at a new invention. To jeer suggests expressing disapproval and scorn more loudly, coarsely, and unintelligently than in scoffing: The crowd jeered when the batter struck out. To sneer is to show by facial expression or tone of voice ill-natured contempt or disparagement: He sneered unpleasantly in referring to his opponent's misfortunes.
Antonyms
3. praise.
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Examples from the Web for scoffer
Historical Examples
  • I am delighted to testify to these things, because I had formerly been a scoffer.

    The Story of the Malakand Field Force Sir Winston S. Churchill
  • All creeds may be welded together, but the Puritan and the scoffer are like oil and water.

    Micah Clarke Arthur Conan Doyle
  • We know truth when we see it, let skeptic and scoffer say what they choose.

    Essays, First Series Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Said I was a scoffer and an infidel and didn't know anything about Scripture! '

    Mary-'Gusta Joseph C. Lincoln
  • It would never do for the scoffer to become a convert openly and at once.

    The Portygee Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • "You are a scoffer," the other reproached him, and his rascally face was oddly grave.

    St. Martin's Summer Rafael Sabatini
  • It remains to say that he was not disposed, being a sceptic and a scoffer.

  • But I offered him my hand with a friendliness which assured him I was not a scoffer.

  • I come from the Chief—but I had not expected to find Simwa, the scoffer, before me.

    The Arrow-Maker Mary Austin
  • "Who is that scoffer," said the man in gray, not without warmth.

    The Confidence-Man Herman Melville
British Dictionary definitions for scoffer

scoff1

/skɒf/
verb
1.
(intransitive) often foll by at. to speak contemptuously (about); express derision (for); mock
2.
(transitive) (obsolete) to regard with derision
noun
3.
an expression of derision
4.
an object of derision
Derived Forms
scoffer, noun
scoffing, adjective
scoffingly, adverb
Word Origin
C14: probably from Scandinavian; compare Old Frisian skof mockery, Danish skof, skuf jest

scoff2

/skɒf/
verb
1.
to eat (food) fast and greedily; devour
noun
2.
food or rations
Word Origin
C19: variant of scaff food; related to Afrikaans, Dutch schoft quarter of the day, one of the four daily meals
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Word Origin and History for scoffer
n.

late 15c., agent noun from scoff (v.).

scoff

v.

mid-14c., "jest, make light of something;" mid-15c., "make fun of, mock," from the noun meaning "contemptuous ridicule" (c.1300), from a Scandinavian source, cf. Old Norse skaup, skop "mockery, ridicule," Middle Danish skof "jest, mockery;" perhaps from Proto-Germanic *skub-, *skuf- (cf. Old English scop "poet," Old High German scoph "fiction, sport, jest, derision"), from PIE *skeubh- "to shove" (see shove (v.)).

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Slang definitions & phrases for scoffer

scoff

noun

Food: Beef heart is their favorite scoff (1846+)

verb

  1. To eat or drink, esp voraciously; scarf: I'll take you over so you can scoff (1846+)
  2. To steal; seize; plunder; swipe: Who scoffed my butts? (1893+)

[or-igin uncertain; perhaps fr Afrikaans schoft, defined in a 1600s dictionary as ''eating time for labourers or workmen foure times a day''; perhaps fr British dialect scaff; South African use in current senses is attested in late 1700s]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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