scoff


1scoff

noun \ˈskäf, ˈskf\

Definition of SCOFF

1
:  an expression of scorn, derision, or contempt :  gibe
2
:  an object of scorn, mockery, or derision

Origin of SCOFF

Middle English scof, perhaps of Scandinavian origin; akin to obsolete Dan skof jest; akin to OldFrisian skof mockery
First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with SCOFF

2scoff

verb

Definition of SCOFF

intransitive verb
:  to show contempt by derisive acts or language <scoffed at the idea>
transitive verb
:  to treat or address with derision :  mock
scoff·er noun

First Known Use of SCOFF

14th century

Synonym Discussion of SCOFF

scoff, jeer, gibe, fleer, sneer, flout mean to show one's contempt in derision or mockery. scoff stresses insolence, disrespect, or incredulity as motivating the derision <scoffed at their concerns>. jeer suggests a coarser more undiscriminating derision <the crowd jeered at the prisoners>. gibe implies taunting either good-naturedly or in sarcastic derision <hooted and gibed at the umpire>. fleer suggests grinning or grimacing derisively <the saucy jackanapes fleered at my credulity>. sneer stresses insulting by contemptuous facial expression, phrasing, or tone of voice <sneered at anything romantic>. flout stresses contempt shown by refusal to heed <flouted the conventions of polite society>.

3scoff

verb

Definition of SCOFF

transitive verb
1
:  to eat greedily <scoffed dinner>
2
:  seize —often used with up <scoffed up the free gifts>
intransitive verb
:  to eat something greedily

Origin of SCOFF

alteration of dialect scaff to eat greedily
First Known Use: 1846

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