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taunt1

[tawnt, tahnt] /tɔnt, tɑnt/
verb (used with object)
1.
to reproach in a sarcastic, insulting, or jeering manner; mock.
2.
to provoke by taunts; twit.
noun
3.
an insulting gibe or sarcasm; scornful reproach or challenge.
4.
Obsolete. an object of insulting gibes or scornful reproaches.
Origin of taunt1
1505-1515
First recorded in 1505-15; origin uncertain
Related forms
taunter, noun
tauntingly, adverb
untaunted, adjective
untaunting, adjective
untauntingly, adverb
Can be confused
taught, taunt, taut.
Synonyms
1. censure, upbraid, flout, insult. 2, 3. jeer. See ridicule. 3. scoff, derision, insult, censure, ridicule.
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Examples from the Web for taunted
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  • I could not bear to be taunted with all the remembrances of the past.

    Life in London Edwin Hodder
  • "Got you that time, Earth dog," the invisible Mercutian taunted.

    Slaves of Mercury Nat Schachner
  • 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 Hall Caine
  • He didn't forget that either, for he seems to have taunted her with her poverty.

British Dictionary definitions for taunted

taunt1

/tɔːnt/
verb (transitive)
1.
to provoke or deride with mockery, contempt, or criticism
2.
to tease; tantalize
noun
3.
a jeering remark
4.
(archaic) the object of mockery
Derived Forms
taunter, noun
taunting, adjective
tauntingly, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from French phrase tant pour tant like for like, rejoinder

taunt2

/tɔːnt/
adjective
1.
(nautical) (of the mast or masts of a sailing vessel) unusually tall
Word Origin
C15: of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for taunted

taunt

n.

1520s, from taunt (v.).

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.

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