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scoff

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[skawf, skof]
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verb (used without object)
  1. 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.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to mock at; deride.
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noun
  1. an expression of mockery, derision, doubt, or derisive scorn; jeer.
  2. an object of mockery or derision.
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Origin of scoff

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1300–50; Middle English scof; origin uncertain, but compare Old Norse skopa to scorn
Related formsscoff·er, nounscoff·ing·ly, adverb

Synonyms for scoff

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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.

Antonyms for scoff

3. praise.
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Examples from the Web for scoffers

Historical Examples of scoffers

  • These scoffers propose to discontinue the habit of swearing.

    Ireland as It Is

    Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)

  • He too turned upon the scoffers, but not as Labori had done before him.

    Recollections

    David Christie Murray

  • I was one of the critics, one of the scoffers, one of those who asked, 'What is it all about?'

    Booker T. Washington

    Emmett J. Scott and Lyman Beecher Stowe

  • He must simply baffle the scoffers by an inscrutable endurance.

    Robert Orange

    John Oliver Hobbes

  • His scoffers among the grandees of Europe began to do him honor.


British Dictionary definitions for scoffers

scoff

1
verb
  1. (intr often foll by at) to speak contemptuously (about); express derision (for); mock
  2. (tr) obsolete to regard with derision
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noun
  1. an expression of derision
  2. an object of derision
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Derived Formsscoffer, nounscoffing, adjectivescoffingly, adverb

Word Origin for scoff

C14: probably from Scandinavian; compare Old Frisian skof mockery, Danish skof, skuf jest

scoff

2
verb
  1. to eat (food) fast and greedily; devour
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noun
  1. food or rations
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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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Word Origin and History for scoffers

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.)).

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