American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To treat with ridicule or contempt; deride.
- v. To mimic, as in sport or derision. See Synonyms at ridicule.
- v. To imitate; counterfeit.
- v. To frustrate the hopes of; disappoint.
- v. To express scorn or ridicule; jeer: They mocked at the idea.
- n. The act of mocking.
- n. Mockery; derision: said it merely in mock.
- n. An object of scorn or derision.
- n. An imitation or a counterfeit.
- adj. Simulated; false; sham: a mock battle.
- adv. In an insincere or pretending manner: mock sorrowful.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To treat derisively or contemptuously; make sport of by mimicry, ridicule, or sarcasm; deride.
- To simulate, imitate, or mimic; produce a semblance of.
- To deceive by simulation or pretense: disappoint with false expectation; fool.
- To set at naught; defy.
- Synonyms Ridicule, etc. (see taunt), jeer at, gibe at, take off, make game of.
- Mimic, Ape, etc. See imitate.
- To delude.
- To use ridicule or derision; gibe or jeer; flout: often with at.
- n. Derisive or contemptuous action or speech; also, a bringing into contempt or ridicule.
- n. That which one derides or mocks.
- n. Mimicry; imitation.
- n. A trifle.
- n. Mock turtle.
- Feigned; counterfeit; spurious: as, mock heroism; mock modesty; a mock battle.
- Having close resemblance, as if imitative.
- n. A root or stump.
- n. A tuft of sedge.
- n. An imitation, usually with the connotation that it's one of lesser quality.
- n. Mockery, the act of mocking.
- n. A practice exam set by an educating institution to prepare students for an important exam.
- v. To mimic, to simulate.
- v. To make fun of by mimicking, to taunt.
- v. To tantalise, and disappoint (the hopes of).
- adj. imitation, not genuine (mock turtle soup, mock leather); fake
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To imitate; to mimic; esp., to mimic in sport, contempt, or derision; to deride by mimicry.
- v. To treat with scorn or contempt; to deride.
- v. To disappoint the hopes of; to deceive; to tantalize.
- v. To make sport in contempt or in jest; to speak in a scornful or jeering manner.
- n. An act of ridicule or derision; a scornful or contemptuous act or speech; a sneer; a jibe; a jeer.
- n. rare Imitation; mimicry.
- adj. Imitating reality, but not real; false; counterfeit; assumed; sham.
- v. treat with contempt
- v. imitate with mockery and derision
- adj. constituting a copy or imitation of something
- n. the act of mocking or ridiculing
- From Middle English mokken, from Middle French mocquer ("to deride, jeer"), from Middle Dutch mocken ("to mumble") or Middle Low German mucken ("to grumble, talk with the mouth half-opened"), both from Old Saxon *mokkian, *mukkian ("to low, mumble"), from Proto-Germanic *mukkjanan, *mūhanan (“to low, bellow, shout”), from Proto-Indo-European *mūg-, *mūk- (“to low, mumble”). Cognate with Old High German firmucken ("to be stupid"), Modern German mucksen ("to utter a word"), Dutch dialectal mokkel ("kiss"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English mokken, from Old French mocquer. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Temple at Jerusalem, with all that about the 'Mark of the Beast;' that mock (I suppose it was _mock_) miracle, with the fire consuming the sacrifice, and then that awful portent of darkness, thunder, and lightning -- but no rain.”
“A "rat fink" was an insult, the crazed character created by pioneering artist / car designer "Big Daddy" Roth, and (as "Rat Pfink") the title mock-superhero in the film "Rat Pfink a Boo Boo" by legendary cult film director Ray Dennis Steckler, who also passed away recently.”
“And we were performing what we call mock transplantation, being sure that as a team, we are ready to go through many hours working together on this particular patient.”
“My parents used to make what they called mock crab cakes.”
“If you are unable to make fresh fish stock fom fish bones, you can substitute what I call mock stock in this recipe.”
“The severed head of the artificial scuttled across the floor, while the body shuddered, spinning on the spot and waving its arms in mock horror that such a fate could befall it.”
“One hand sliding up and down his shaft, the other remaining in mock salute.”
“Tutu widens his eyes and opens his mouth in mock indignation.”
“He began to run away, stark naked, and the youths humoured themselves by sending Ugomma after him in mock pursuit.”
“Each page of the coloring book will contain mock warnings from the State Department about talking to and sharing crayons with children from other countries who might use these things to make their own coloring books that are better and cheaper.”
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