Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To laugh at, speak of, or write about dismissively or contemptuously. synonym: ridicule.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To laugh at with contempt; to laugh to scorn; to turn to ridicule or make sport of; to mock; to scoff at.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb transitive To harshly mock; ridicule.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb treat or speak of with contempt

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Latin dērīdēre : dē-, de- + rīdēre, to laugh at.]

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From Latin deridere ("to mock, laugh at"), from de- ("from, down from") + ridere ("to laugh").

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