- to attack or treat with ridicule, contempt, or derision.
- to ridicule by mimicry of action or speech; mimic derisively.
- to mimic, imitate, or counterfeit.
- to challenge; defy: His actions mock convention.
- to deceive, delude, or disappoint.
- to use ridicule or derision; scoff; jeer (often followed by at).
- a contemptuous or derisive imitative action or speech; mockery or derision.
- something mocked or derided; an object of derision.
- an imitation; counterfeit; fake.
- a hard pattern representing the surface of a plate with a warped form, upon which the plate is beaten to shape after furnacing.
- bed(def 23).
- feigned; not real; sham: a mock battle.
- mock up, to build a mock-up of.
Origin of mock
SynonymsSee more synonyms for mock on Thesaurus.com
Examples from the Web for mock
Satirists are reliant ultimately on the very establishment they mock.Harry Shearer on The Dangerous Business of Satire
January 8, 2015
Dogs were used in the interrogations, and the accused were subjected to mock executions.The Myth of the Central Park Five
October 19, 2014
Despite the lack of an immediate impact, the mock vote infused the practice of democracy into the lives of Hongkongers.
This year, Hongkongers participated in PopVote, a mock referendum that gathered nearly 800,000 votes via smartphone ballots.
Akbar used his time on the stand to mock Kimberlin some more.The Weirdest Story About a Conservative Obsession, a Convicted Bomber, and Taylor Swift You Have Ever Read
August 30, 2014
To treat a child wholly as an adult would be to mock and destroy it.A Treatise on Parents and Children
George Bernard Shaw
"He's a bad boy," said the Bookmaker, in a tone of mock condemnation.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
Meeting Casanova in the entry, he gave him precedence with mock politeness.Casanova's Homecoming
Like the forfeits in a barbers shop, As much in mock as mark.Cleveland Past and Present
Nor were they the most horrible of those dreams in which she would help him to mock me.Wilfrid Cumbermede
- (when intr, often foll by at) to behave with scorn or contempt (towards); show ridicule (for)
- (tr) to imitate, esp in fun; mimic
- (tr) to deceive, disappoint, or delude
- (tr) to defy or frustratethe team mocked the visitors' attempt to score
- the act of mocking
- a person or thing mocked
- a counterfeit; imitation
- (often plural) informal (in England and Wales) the school examinations taken as practice before public examinations
- sham or counterfeit
- serving as an imitation or substitute, esp for practice purposesa mock battle; mock finals
Word Origin and History for mock
early 15c., "to deceive;" mid-15c. "make fun of," from Old French mocquer "deride, jeer," of unknown origin, perhaps from Vulgar Latin *muccare "to blow the nose" (as a derisive gesture), from Latin mucus; or possibly from Middle Dutch mocken "to mumble" or Middle Low German mucken "grumble." Or perhaps simply imitative of such speech. Related: Mocked; mocking; mockingly. Replaced Old English bysmerian. Sense of "imitating," as in mockingbird and mock turtle (1763), is from notion of derisive imitation.
1540s, from mock, verb and noun. Mock-heroic is attested from 1711; mock-turtle "calf's head dressed to resemble a turtle," is from 1763; as a kind of soup from 1783.
"derisive action or speech," early 15c., from mock (v.).