- 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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- to eat voraciously.
- food; grub.
Origin of scoff2
Examples from the Web for scoffing
“People were telling horrendous stories and he was laughing in his box and scoffing,” she says.France Convicts Rwanda Genocidaire
March 14, 2014
Miss Howes scoffed, it is true, but the scoffing was not convincing.Thankful's Inheritance
Joseph C. Lincoln
A score of stories in proof were hurled at the scoffing Maimon.Dreamers of the Ghetto
Just that I was wrong; and I admit freely that I was wrong in scoffing at the propinquity.Masters of Space
Edward Elmer Smith
Scholar Phelps was too close to the truth to make me like it, because he was scoffing.Highways in Hiding
George Oliver Smith
How then will scoffing readers scape this marke of a maledizant?Shakespeare's Lost Years in London, 1586-1592
- (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 scoffing
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.)).