- to speak derisively; mock; jeer (often followed by at): If you can't do any better, don't scoff. Their efforts toward a peaceful settlement are not to be scoffed at.
- to mock at; deride.
- an expression of mockery, derision, doubt, or derisive scorn; jeer.
- an object of mockery or derision.
Origin of scoff1
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- to eat voraciously.
- food; grub.
Origin of scoff2
Examples from the Web for scoff
Such messages are unlikely to be beloved of secularists who prefer to scoff at the religious rather than engage with them.Extreme Weather? Blame the End Times
November 28, 2014
The ratio—there are 492 billionaires in the U.S. and only 1,645 in the world—is nothing to scoff at.How Does Zuckerberg’s Ebola Pledge Measure Up To Other Bigwig Donations?
October 14, 2014
Spirit companies need to tell their PR agencies to stop trying to push them, and consumers should scoff at them.National Liquor Days Are a Joke
September 27, 2014
They make kick ass cocktails, they break up fights, they scoff at the idea of 'girly' drinks.The Ladies Disrupting the Bartender Boys’ Club
September 7, 2014
When you hear what he has to say in Unstoppable about the emergence of a new bipartisan politics, you may be inclined to scoff.Citizen Nader Is Still on the Case
May 14, 2014
There was a sort of scoff in it which rightly or wrongly he took to himself.The Missionary
P—— C—— began to scoff at what I had said, but C—— stopped him.The Memoires of Casanova, Complete
Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
People might scoff it; though for all that I shall work it out.Molly Bawn
Margaret Wolfe Hamilton
It seemed to me to rend the darkness, to scoff at my heart and my sweet reasonableness!The Choice of Life
Any mother who reads this will, I think, scoff at the notion; and yet I think it was so.Kilgorman
Talbot Baines Reed
- (intr often foll by at) to speak contemptuously (about); express derision (for); mock
- (tr) obsolete to regard with derision
- an expression of derision
- an object of derision
- to eat (food) fast and greedily; devour
- food or rations
Word Origin and History for scoff
mid-14c., "jest, make light of something;" mid-15c., "make fun of, mock," from the noun meaning "contemptuous ridicule" (c.1300), from a Scandinavian source, cf. Old Norse skaup, skop "mockery, ridicule," Middle Danish skof "jest, mockery;" perhaps from Proto-Germanic *skub-, *skuf- (cf. Old English scop "poet," Old High German scoph "fiction, sport, jest, derision"), from PIE *skeubh- "to shove" (see shove (v.)).