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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 tauntingly
Historical Examples
  • "That's your sweet old employer," his wife cried, tauntingly.

    Alice Adams Booth Tarkington
  • "How tauntingly he says it now," said Kate, while her eyes sparkled brilliantly.

    The O'Donoghue Charles James Lever
  • "You know how to do it very well, Gerald," she tauntingly returned.

    The Masked Bridal Mrs. Georgie Sheldon
  • "It took you a long time to go upon your errand," he replied, tauntingly.

    Jolly Sally Pendleton

    Laura Jean Libbey
  • "Well, you are not sociable at all," laughed the lad in advance, tauntingly.

    Frank Merriwell's Races

    Burt L. Standish
  • “It was lucky I came in,” continued the boy, looking at me tauntingly.

    Brownsmith's Boy George Manville Fenn
  • "If you talk like that, I shall know you're in love with him," said Harry tauntingly and angrily.

    The Limit Ada Leverson
  • He filled in the date, and again looked around at her, tauntingly.

    The Scarlet Feather Houghton Townley
  • "Be there and you will run after your lost sovereign," Millar went on tauntingly.

    The Devil Joseph O'Brien
  • "For a bridegroom you are not very gay," Millar said tauntingly.

    The Devil Joseph O'Brien
British Dictionary definitions for tauntingly

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 tauntingly

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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