taunt

1
[ tawnt, tahnt ]
/ tɔnt, tɑnt /

verb (used with object)

to reproach in a sarcastic, insulting, or jeering manner; mock.
to provoke by taunts; twit.

noun

an insulting gibe or sarcasm; scornful reproach or challenge.
Obsolete. an object of insulting gibes or scornful reproaches.

Nearby words

  1. tauchnitz,
  2. taught,
  3. tauhinu,
  4. tauhou,
  5. tauiwi,
  6. taunton,
  7. taunton deane,
  8. taunus mountains,
  9. tauon,
  10. taupata

Origin of taunt

1
First recorded in 1505–15; origin uncertain

SYNONYMS FOR taunt
1. censure, upbraid, flout, insult. 2, 3. jeer. See ridicule. 3. scoff, derision, insult, censure, ridicule.

Related forms
Can be confusedtaught taunt taut

taunt

2
[ tawnt, tahnt ]
/ tɔnt, tɑnt /

adjective Nautical.

tall, as a mast.

Origin of taunt

2
First recorded in 1490–1500; origin uncertain

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British Dictionary definitions for taunt

taunt

1
/ (tɔːnt) /

verb (tr)

to provoke or deride with mockery, contempt, or criticism
to tease; tantalize

noun

a jeering remark
archaic the object of mockery
Derived Formstaunter, nountaunting, adjectivetauntingly, adverb

Word Origin for taunt

C16: from French phrase tant pour tant like for like, rejoinder

adjective

nautical (of the mast or masts of a sailing vessel) unusually tall

Word Origin for taunt

C15: of uncertain origin

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