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

  • transitive v. To treat with ridicule or contempt; deride.
  • transitive v. To mimic, as in sport or derision. See Synonyms at ridicule.
  • transitive v. To imitate; counterfeit.
  • transitive v. To frustrate the hopes of; disappoint.
  • intransitive 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Imitating reality, but not real; false; counterfeit; assumed; sham.
  • n. An act of ridicule or derision; a scornful or contemptuous act or speech; a sneer; a jibe; a jeer.
  • n. Imitation; mimicry.
  • intransitive v. To make sport in contempt or in jest; to speak in a scornful or jeering manner.
  • transitive v. To imitate; to mimic; esp., to mimic in sport, contempt, or derision; to deride by mimicry.
  • transitive v. To treat with scorn or contempt; to deride.
  • transitive v. To disappoint the hopes of; to deceive; to tantalize.

from The 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.

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

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

Middle English mokken, from Old French mocquer.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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").



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  • Another winter,

    And here am I,

    By the side of the stove,

    that a woman might dream of me,

    That I might bury in her breast

    A secret she would not mock;

    Dreaming that in my fading years

    I might spring forth as light,

    And she would say:

    This light is mine;

    Let no woman draw near it.

    - Buland al-Haidari, 'Old Age'.

    September 16, 2008