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taunt

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[ tawnt, tahnt ]
/ tɔnt, tɑnt /
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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.

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Origin of taunt

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First recorded in 1505–15; origin uncertain

synonym study for taunt

2, 3. See ridicule.

OTHER WORDS FROM taunt

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH taunt

taught, taunt , taut

Definition for taunt (2 of 2)

taunt2
[ tawnt, tahnt ]
/ tɔnt, tɑnt /

adjective Nautical.

tall, as a mast.

Origin of taunt

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First recorded in 1490–1500; origin uncertain
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British Dictionary definitions for taunt (1 of 2)

taunt1
/ (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 forms of taunt

taunter, nountaunting, adjectivetauntingly, adverb

Word Origin for taunt

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

British Dictionary definitions for taunt (2 of 2)

taunt2
/ (tɔːnt) /

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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