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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.
  3. to mimic, imitate, or counterfeit.
  4. to challenge; defy: His actions mock convention.
  5. to deceive, delude, or disappoint.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to use ridicule or derision; scoff; jeer (often followed by at).
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  1. a contemptuous or derisive imitative action or speech; mockery or derision.
  2. something mocked or derided; an object of derision.
  3. an imitation; counterfeit; fake.
  4. Shipbuilding.
    1. a hard pattern representing the surface of a plate with a warped form, upon which the plate is beaten to shape after furnacing.
    2. bed(def 23).
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  1. feigned; not real; sham: a mock battle.
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Verb Phrases
  1. mock up, to build a mock-up of.
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Origin of mock

1400–50; late Middle English mokken < Middle French mocquer
Related formsmock·a·ble, adjectivemock·er, nounmock·ing·ly, adverbself-mock·ing, adjectiveun·mocked, adjectiveun·mock·ing, adjectiveun·mock·ing·ly, adverb


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1. deride; taunt, flout, gibe; chaff, tease. See ridicule. 5. cheat, dupe, fool, mislead.
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Examples from the Web for mocker

Historical Examples

  • It had mocked Reuben, and it had made her seem as if she were the mocker.

    Aunt Rachel

    David Christie Murray

  • They buried them together, man and mocker, and went silently on toward the hill.

    Space Prison

    Tom Godwin

  • How true then are the words of the Bible: "Wine is a mocker."

  • He was not a mocker, or a leveller, or a satirist, or an atheist.

  • But I'm a doubter, and a mocker, and a failure, and Phillida knows it.

    The Faith Doctor

    Edward Eggleston

British Dictionary definitions for mocker


  1. clothing
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verb (tr)
  1. all mockered up dressed up
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Word Origin

of unknown origin


  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
  3. (tr) to deceive, disappoint, or delude
  4. (tr) to defy or frustratethe team mocked the visitors' attempt to score
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  1. the act of mocking
  2. a person or thing mocked
  3. a counterfeit; imitation
  4. (often plural) informal (in England and Wales) the school examinations taken as practice before public examinations
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adjective (prenominal)
  1. sham or counterfeit
  2. serving as an imitation or substitute, esp for practice purposesa mock battle; mock finals
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See also mock-up
Derived Formsmockable, adjectivemocker, nounmocking, noun, adjectivemockingly, adverb

Word Origin

C15: from Old French mocquer
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Word Origin and History for mocker


late 15c., agent noun from mock (v.).

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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.

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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.

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"derisive action or speech," early 15c., from mock (v.).

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