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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”

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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.

OTHER WORDS FROM scoff

scoff·er, nounscoff·ing·ly, adverb

Other definitions 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

Derived forms of scoff

scoffer, nounscoffing, adjectivescoffingly, adverb

Word Origin for scoff

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

Word Origin for scoff

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