scoff

1
[ skawf, skof ]
/ skɔf, skɒf /

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

1
1300–50; Middle English scof; origin uncertain, but compare Old Norse skopa to scorn

SYNONYMS FOR scoff

1 gibe. 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
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British Dictionary definitions for scoffer (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 scoffer (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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