- 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 taunting
And even as he plots defenses against American and allied air raids, he is taunting Vladimir Putin and his allies in Grozny.ISIS Is Putin’s Problem, Too, and This Chechen Is One Reason Why.
September 29, 2014
Or maybe you want to watch while she cheats on you, taunting you, forcing you to get involved in humiliating ways.The Cuckolding Fetish: When Your Wife’s Cheating Turns You On
February 22, 2014
It looked as though New York's City Hall had been overtaken by smokers intent on taunting Michael Bloomberg one last time.New York’s Nanny-State E-Cig Ban
December 20, 2013
They seem content to hold what they have, clashing regularly, testing and taunting each other.Syria’s Dying Revolution
December 20, 2012
He believed students were taunting him, driving by his home at all hours of the night and honking a car horn.The Professor and the Doomsday Clock: ‘A Confederacy of Dunces’ & Signs of John Kennedy Toole’s Suicide
December 17, 2012
Only two days since he had heard the taunting “Dance, freshy!”A Breath of Prairie and other stories
But the boys only laughed, and began again the taunting song.Polly of Lady Gay Cottage
Emma C. Dowd
Scott, now taunting Levake openly, stepped directly in front of him.The Mountain Divide
Frank H. Spearman
And mock'd, with taunting scorn, the tearsThat bathed a father's cheek.The Liberty Minstrel
George W. Clark
The taunting words "spare your country's flag" have struck home.The Ontario High School Reader
- 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 taunting
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.