- to reproach in a sarcastic, insulting, or jeering manner; mock.
- to provoke by taunts; twit.
- an insulting gibe or sarcasm; scornful reproach or challenge.
- Obsolete. an object of insulting gibes or scornful reproaches.
Origin of taunt1
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- tall, as a mast.
Origin of taunt2
Examples from the Web for taunt
Katya and her cronies laugh at and taunt Vasily as he leaves court.The ‘Hunted’ Gays of Putin’s Russia: Vicious Vigilantes and State Bigotry Close Up
October 6, 2014
Opposing fans often taunt him, screaming, “Swear in a minute, he's going to swear in a minute.”Team USA Lost, but Tim Howard Is a Winner
July 1, 2014
As the Kenyan government struggled to retake the mall, Shabaab lobbed taunt after taunt.Syria’s Jihadist Twitter Wars
February 16, 2014
Today, McConnell, in an effort to taunt Democrats in the Senate, introduced the measure and challenged the Senate to vote on it.Fiscal Cliff Countdown, Day 30: Senate Meets Dada
December 6, 2012
Hassan Nasrallah fought the Israelis and lives to taunt them.Why Rachel Corrie Got Herself Killed
September 5, 2012
Herkimer's tanned and swarthy face changed color at this taunt.In the Valley
None but cowards will insult and taunt the defeated and defenceless.The Works of Whittier, Volume VII (of VII)
John Greenleaf Whittier
I had already forgiven you, even before you ceased to reproach and taunt me.Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit
When you taunt me as you do to my face, how can I wonder that you taunt her behind her back!'Barnaby Rudge
"You've never asked me to marry you," she said quietly, this time without a taunt.The Education of Eric Lane
- to provoke or deride with mockery, contempt, or criticism
- to tease; tantalize
- a jeering remark
- archaic the object of mockery
- nautical (of the mast or masts of a sailing vessel) unusually tall
Word Origin and History for taunt
1510s, possibly from Middle French tanter, tenter "to tempt, try, provoke," variant of tempter "to try" (see tempt). Or from Middle French tant pour tant "so much for so much, tit for tat," on notion of "sarcastic rejoinder." Related: Taunted; taunting.
1520s, from taunt (v.).