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verb \ˈmäk, ˈmȯk\

Simple Definition of mock

  • : to laugh at or make fun of (someone or something) especially by copying an action or a way of behaving or speaking

  • : to criticize and laugh at (someone or something) for being bad, worthless, or unimportant

Full Definition of mock

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to treat with contempt or ridicule :  deride

  3. 2 :  to disappoint the hopes of

  4. 3 :  defy, challenge

  5. 4 a :  to imitate (as a mannerism) closely :  mimic b :  to mimic in sport or derision

  6. intransitive verb
  7. :  jeer, scoff

mock·er noun
mock·ing·ly play \ˈmä-kiŋ-lē, ˈmȯ-\ adverb

Examples of mock

  1. The boys mocked him for showing fear.

  2. He mocks art only because he doesn't understand it.

  3. They continue to mock the idea of a new government.

  4. We are being mocked for our religious beliefs.

  5. You can mock me as much as you like, but I'm going to do it anyway.

Origin of mock

Middle English, from moker

First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of mock

ridicule, deride, mock, taunt mean to make an object of laughter of. ridicule implies a deliberate often malicious belittling <consistently ridiculed everything she said>. deride suggests contemptuous and often bitter ridicule <derided their efforts to start their own business>. mock implies scorn often ironically expressed as by mimicry or sham deference <youngsters began to mock the helpless wino>. taunt suggests jeeringly provoking insult or challenge <hometown fans taunted the visiting team>.

copy, imitate, mimic, ape, mock mean to make something so that it resembles an existing thing. copy suggests duplicating an original as nearly as possible <copied the painting and sold the fake as an original>. imitate suggests following a model or a pattern but may allow for some variation <imitate a poet's style>. mimic implies a close copying (as of voice or mannerism) often for fun, ridicule, or lifelike imitation <pupils mimicking their teacher>. ape may suggest presumptuous, slavish, or inept imitating of a superior original <American fashion designers aped their European colleagues>. mock usually implies imitation with derision <mocking a vain man's pompous manner>.




Simple Definition of mock

  • : an exam that does not count and that is done to practice for a real exam : a mock exam

Full Definition of mock

  1. 1 :  an act of ridicule or derision :  jeer

  2. 2 :  one that is an object of derision or scorn

  3. 3 :  mockery

  4. 4 a :  an act of imitation b :  something made as an imitation

Examples of mock

  1. <they made a mock of the new recruit in front of the whole unit>

  2. <obviously, the priceless Grecian urn that is destroyed in the movie was a mock>

15th Century

First Known Use of mock

15th century




Simple Definition of mock

  • : not based on real or honest feelings

  • : done or performed to look like the real thing

Full Definition of mock

  1. :  of, relating to, or having the character of an imitation :  simulated, feigned <the mock solemnity of the parody>

Examples of mock

  1. We stared at him in mock surprise.

  2. Every summer, our history club performs mock battles to relive our country's greatest war.


First Known Use of mock





Definition of mock

  1. :  in an insincere or counterfeit manner —usually used in combination <mock-serious>

Circa 1625

First Known Use of mock

circa 1625

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February 6, 2016

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