[ tawn-ting, tahn- ]
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  1. reproaching or challenging someone in a sarcastic, insulting, or scornful way: The Times obtained copies of his emails, which our reviewer found unquestionably harassing, with a taunting quality to them.

  1. the act or an instance of reproaching or challenging someone in this way: The taunting included comments such as "Go home!" and "What are you doing in our country?"

Origin of taunting

First recorded in 1540–50; taunt1 + -ing2 for the adjective; taunt1 + -ing1 for the noun

Other words from taunting

  • taunt·ing·ly, adverb
  • un·taunt·ing, adjective
  • un·taunt·ing·ly, adverb

Words Nearby taunting

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