verb \ˈmäk, ˈmk\

: 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

transitive verb
:  to treat with contempt or ridicule :  deride
:  to disappoint the hopes of
a :  to imitate (as a mannerism) closely :  mimic
b :  to mimic in sport or derision
intransitive verb
:  jeer, scoff
mock·er noun
mock·ing·ly \ˈmä-kiŋ-lē, ˈm-\ 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



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

Full Definition of MOCK

:  an act of ridicule or derision :  jeer
:  one that is an object of derision or scorn
:  mockery
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>

First Known Use of MOCK

15th century



: not based on real or honest feelings

: done or performed to look like the real thing

Full Definition of MOCK

:  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

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

First Known Use of MOCK

circa 1625


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