- 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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Examples from the Web for tauntingly
"That's your sweet old employer," his wife cried, tauntingly.Alice Adams
"How tauntingly he says it now," said Kate, while her eyes sparkled brilliantly.The O'Donoghue
Charles James Lever
"You know how to do it very well, Gerald," she tauntingly returned.The Masked Bridal
Mrs. Georgie Sheldon
"It took you a long time to go upon your errand," he replied, tauntingly.Jolly Sally Pendleton
Laura Jean Libbey
"Well, you are not sociable at all," laughed the lad in advance, tauntingly.Frank Merriwell's Races
Burt L. Standish
- 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 tauntingly
1520s, from taunt (v.).
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.