from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To speak of or treat with contemptuous mirth. See Synonyms at ridicule.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To harshly mock; ridicule.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To laugh at with contempt; to laugh to scorn; to turn to ridicule or make sport of; to mock; to scoff at.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To laugh at in contempt; turn to ridicule or make sport of; mock; treat with scorn by laughter.
- Synonyms Ridicule, etc. (see taunt), banter, rally, jeer, gibe, scout, scoff at, insult.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. treat or speak of with contempt
Latin dērīdēre : dē-, de- + rīdēre, to laugh at.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin deridere ("to mock, laugh at"), from de- ("from, down from") + ridere ("to laugh"). (Wiktionary)