- to reproach in a sarcastic, insulting, or jeering manner; mock.
- to provoke by taunts; twit.
- an insulting gibe or sarcasm; scornful reproach or challenge.
- Obsolete. an object of insulting gibes or scornful reproaches.
Origin of taunt1
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Examples from the Web for taunted
Other details are still unclear, with some witnesses reporting that Bieber taunted Bloom by saying, “She was good.”An Unlikely Hero Blooms in Ibiza: Orlando Bloom Sort of Punches Justin Bieber
July 30, 2014
Japan had great hair, a player who wore goggles, and another who taunted the opposing side in Italian.Why Americans Should Love the World Cup
June 12, 2014
Dave taunted the crowd with threats and obscenities, and finally soaked them with lurid synthetic bodily fluids.My Friend Oderus Urungus: GWAR’s Dave Brockie Was a High School Punk Legend
March 25, 2014
When Happy his taunted, his game suffers, and Barker is none too pleased, leading to a brawl for the ages.21 Best Celebrity Self-Parodies in Honor of ‘This is the End’
June 11, 2013
After running out of ammunition, he taunted the police: “shoot me, shoot me.”Two Police Shot Outside PM’s Office as New Italian Government Sworn In
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April 28, 2013
I could not bear to be taunted with all the remembrances of the past.Life in London
"Got you that time, Earth dog," the invisible Mercutian taunted.Slaves of Mercury
When she did come round a bit, she taunted me that I had sold my clothes for drink.Adventures and Recollections
Bill o'th' Hoylus End
"You taunted me with being a woman," she said through a fresh burst of tears.The Eternal City
He didn't forget that either, for he seems to have taunted her with her poverty.Capt'n Davy's Honeymoon
- to provoke or deride with mockery, contempt, or criticism
- to tease; tantalize
- a jeering remark
- archaic the object of mockery
- nautical (of the mast or masts of a sailing vessel) unusually tall
Word Origin and History for taunted
1520s, from taunt (v.).
1510s, possibly from Middle French tanter, tenter "to tempt, try, provoke," variant of tempter "to try" (see tempt). Or from Middle French tant pour tant "so much for so much, tit for tat," on notion of "sarcastic rejoinder." Related: Taunted; taunting.