Definitions

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  • adv. In a scoffing manner; scornfully.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. In a scoffing manner.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a scoffing manner; in mockery or scorn; by way of derision.

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

  • adv. in a disrespectful and mocking manner

Etymologies

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scoffing +‎ -ly

Examples

  • On the other end of the comedy spectrum there's House minority leader John Boehner, who scoffingly told the conservative Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that financial reform was akin to "killing an ant with a nuclear weapon."

    Michael Winship: This Fourth of July, Celebrate 1776 -- The Movie

  • France's humorless response to this prank is ironic in a way, since they scoffingly dismissed the idea of restitution as a "farce" when it was raised by the Haitian government back in 2002.

    Isabel Macdonald: Haiti's Ransom

  • McMahon shook his head scoffingly at the accusation.

    Vince Flynn Collectors’ Edition #2

  • The bomb had been designed, as the Times scoffingly put it, not by tweedy “prima-donna” university professors wandering about in search of obscure truths driven by the “mere desire to satisfy curiosity”, but by a focused SWAT team of researchers sent off to accomplish a concrete mission.

    The Emperor of All Maladies

  • She looked at me scoffingly, shaking her head, and in my defense I blurted out, "But they were Thin Mints!"

    Gale Gand: Is it OK to be in Love With Girl Scout Cookies?

  • Hastily stooping she picked them up, and, with evident vexation, was blowing from them the dust and dirt, when Indiana scoffingly said, 'I wonder where you got that geranium?'

    Camilla

  • For him, in fact, I would say it required "eccentricity" and a bit of "buffooning polarity" to pull off such grand feats of large scale cognition ignition, moving even scoffingly disclaiming "opponents" (those come just to bear witness, of course ....) into recognition, in spite of themselves.

    George Carlin and the 2008 Election

  • We currently have a ready, set learn program going here that I scoffingly calll 'summer school for kindergarteners' ....

    Every Child Ready To Read

  • Ask one of them of what religion he is, he scoffingly replies, a philosopher, a Galenist, an [6648] Averroist, and with Rabelais a physician, a peripatetic, an epicure.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • Democritus went high, even to the thought of a resurrection, as scoffingly recorded by Pliny.

    Hydriotaphia, or Urn-burial

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