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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


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

Historical Examples

  • "There isn't a bit of danger of my doing that," she called after him, mockingly.

    Ester Ried Yet Speaking

    Isabella Alden

  • Solange stared at him through the veil and he looked back at her mockingly.

    Louisiana Lou

    William West Winter

  • I had expected him to be eager and, perhaps, mockingly triumphant.

    The Rise of Roscoe Paine

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • "I know what you are thinking, my friend," broke in Ja Ben mockingly.

  • "I'm not aware that there are any towers for it to wave over," said Grenfell, mockingly.

    Luttrell Of Arran

    Charles James Lever

British Dictionary definitions for mockingly


  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 mockingly



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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