- 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
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Examples from the Web for mocking
“‘Pull your pants up, black people,’” said Buress, mocking Cosby from the stage.When Your Comic Hero Is an Alleged Rapist
November 18, 2014
But we should beware of the facile tradition of criticizing colleges, professors, and the young (or just mocking them).The Elite American College Pile-On
Michael S. Roth
September 15, 2014
Oliver bares his soul as he highlights comments in which he is compared to a parrot and knocked for mocking an unremarkable soda.Viral Video of the Day: John Oliver Reads Your YouTube Comments
September 2, 2014
Kim is mocking the entire value system on which she built her career, as well as her own less-than-savory past.Kim Kardashian Isn't the Butt of Jokes Anymore
August 14, 2014
“He was basically kind of mocking the Second Amendment people,” Merkt said.Chris Christie’s Faking It on Gun Rights
July 10, 2014
Austin's face loomed before him like that of a mocking devil.Viviette
William J. Locke
(mocking me, for I sighed to be thus fooled with,) and do you sigh, love?Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)
Once more he heard the dismal cry, and fancied it held a mocking note.Good Indian
B. M. Bower
She repelled my mocking smile with a glance of scornful indignation.The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
I was annoyed at being watched by those malevolent, mocking eyes.My Double Life
- (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 mocking
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.).