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scoff

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noun \ˈskäf, ˈskȯf\

Definition of scoff

  1. 1 :  an expression of scorn, derision, or contempt :  gibe

  2. 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


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scoff

verb

Definition of scoff

  • intransitive verb
    1. :  to show contempt by derisive acts or language <scoffed at the idea>

    2. transitive verb
    3. :  to treat or address with derision :  mock

    scoff·er noun


    14th Century

    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>.

    3

    scoff

    verb

    Definition of scoff

    1. transitive verb
    2. 1 :  to eat greedily <scoffed dinner>

    3. 2 :  seize —often used with up <scoffed up the free gifts>

    4. intransitive verb
    5. :  to eat something greedily



    Origin of scoff

    alteration of dialect scaff to eat greedily


    First Known Use: 1846



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