First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English scof; origin uncertain, but compare Old Norse skopa “to scorn”
synonym study for scoff
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
Other definitions for scoff (2 of 2)
[ skawf, skof ]
/ skɔf, skɒf /
verb (used with or without object)
to eat voraciously.
Origin of scoff
First recorded in 1855–60; earlier scaff; origin uncertain