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[ skawf, skof ]
/ skɔf, skɒf /
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verb (used without object)

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.

verb (used with object)

to mock at; deride.

noun

an expression of mockery, derision, doubt, or derisive scorn; jeer.
an object of mockery or derision.

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Origin of scoff

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First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English scof; origin uncertain, but compare Old Norse skopa “to scorn”
1. Scoff, jeer, sneer imply behaving with scornful disapproval toward someone or about something. To scoff is to express insolent doubt or derision, openly and emphatically: to scoff at a new invention. To jeer suggests expressing disapproval and scorn more loudly, coarsely, and unintelligently than in scoffing: The crowd jeered when the batter struck out. To sneer is to show by facial expression or tone of voice ill-natured contempt or disparagement: He sneered unpleasantly in referring to his opponent's misfortunes.
scoff·er, nounscoff·ing·ly, adverb

Definition for scoff (2 of 2)

scoff2
[ skawf, skof ]
/ skɔf, skɒf /
Slang.

verb (used with or without object)

to eat voraciously.

noun

food; grub.

Origin of scoff

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First recorded in 1855–60; earlier scaff; origin uncertain
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British Dictionary definitions for scoff (1 of 2)

scoff1
/ (skɒf) /

verb

(intr often foll by at) to speak contemptuously (about); express derision (for); mock
(tr) obsolete to regard with derision

noun

an expression of derision
an object of derision
scoffer, nounscoffing, adjectivescoffingly, adverb
C14: probably from Scandinavian; compare Old Frisian skof mockery, Danish skof, skuf jest

British Dictionary definitions for scoff (2 of 2)

scoff2
/ (skɒf) informal, mainly British /

verb

to eat (food) fast and greedily; devour

noun

food or rations
C19: variant of scaff food; related to Afrikaans, Dutch schoft quarter of the day, one of the four daily meals
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