Not a man present, believer or scoffer, but breathed a silent prayer.
I come from the Chief—but I had not expected to find Simwa, the scoffer, before me.
Now I'm going to play safe and make myself very, very wise on some subjects regarding which I've been a bit of a scoffer.
I am delighted to testify to these things, because I had formerly been a scoffer.
It would never do for the scoffer to become a convert openly and at once.
We know truth when we see it, let skeptic and scoffer say what they choose.
When his health was good and his spirits high he was a scoffer.
Said I was a scoffer and an infidel and didn't know anything about Scripture! '
A brave man, who is not a scoffer, attacks the doctrine of non-resistance, and lays down his life for the faith that is in him.
"You are a scoffer," the other reproached him, and his rascally face was oddly grave.
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.)).
Food: Beef heart is their favorite scoff (1846+)
[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]