[ mok ]
See synonyms for: mockmockedmockermocking on

verb (used with object)
  1. to attack or treat with ridicule, contempt, or derision.

  2. to ridicule by mimicry of action or speech; mimic derisively.

  1. to mimic, imitate, or counterfeit.

  2. to challenge; defy: His actions mock convention.

  3. to deceive, delude, or disappoint.

verb (used without object)
  1. to use ridicule or derision; scoff; jeer (often followed by at).

  1. a contemptuous or derisive imitative action or speech; mockery or derision.

  2. something mocked or derided; an object of derision.

  1. an imitation; counterfeit; fake.

  2. Shipbuilding.

    • a hard pattern representing the surface of a plate with a warped form, upon which the plate is beaten to shape after furnacing.

    • Also called mock mold . bed (def. 23).

  1. feigned; not real; sham: a mock battle.

Verb Phrases
  1. mock up, to build a mock-up of.

Origin of mock

First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English mokken, from Middle French mocquer

synonym study For mock

1. See ridicule.

Other words for mock

Other words from mock

  • mock·a·ble, adjective
  • mock·er, noun
  • un·mocked, adjective

Words Nearby mock Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use mock in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for mock


/ (mɒk) /

  1. (when intr, often foll by at) to behave with scorn or contempt (towards); show ridicule (for)

  2. (tr) to imitate, esp in fun; mimic

  1. (tr) to deceive, disappoint, or delude

  2. (tr) to defy or frustrate: the team mocked the visitors' attempt to score

  1. the act of mocking

  2. a person or thing mocked

  1. a counterfeit; imitation

  2. (often plural) informal (in England and Wales) the school examinations taken as practice before public examinations

  1. sham or counterfeit

  2. serving as an imitation or substitute, esp for practice purposes: a mock battle; mock finals

Origin of mock

C15: from Old French mocquer

Derived forms of mock

  • mockable, adjective
  • mocker, noun
  • mocking, noun, adjective
  • mockingly, adverb

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