- 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.
- to mock at; deride.
- an expression of mockery, derision, doubt, or derisive scorn; jeer.
- an object of mockery or derision.
Origin of scoff1
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Examples from the Web for scoffers
These scoffers propose to discontinue the habit of swearing.Ireland as It Is
Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
He too turned upon the scoffers, but not as Labori had done before him.Recollections
David Christie Murray
I was one of the critics, one of the scoffers, one of those who asked, 'What is it all about?'Booker T. Washington
Emmett J. Scott and Lyman Beecher Stowe
He must simply baffle the scoffers by an inscrutable endurance.Robert Orange
John Oliver Hobbes
His scoffers among the grandees of Europe began to do him honor.
- (intr often foll by at) to speak contemptuously (about); express derision (for); mock
- (tr) obsolete to regard with derision
- an expression of derision
- an object of derision
- to eat (food) fast and greedily; devour
- food or rations
Word Origin and History for scoffers
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.)).