- 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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Examples from the Web for scoffer
I am delighted to testify to these things, because I had formerly been a scoffer.The Story of the Malakand Field Force
Sir Winston S. Churchill
All creeds may be welded together, but the Puritan and the scoffer are like oil and water.Micah Clarke
Arthur Conan Doyle
We know truth when we see it, let skeptic and scoffer say what they choose.Essays, First Series
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Said I was a scoffer and an infidel and didn't know anything about Scripture! 'Mary-'Gusta
Joseph C. Lincoln
It would never do for the scoffer to become a convert openly and at once.The Portygee
Joseph Crosby Lincoln
- (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 scoffer
late 15c., agent noun from scoff (v.).
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.)).