noun \ˈtnt, ˈtänt\

Definition of TAUNT

:  a sarcastic challenge or insult

First Known Use of TAUNT

circa 1527

Rhymes with TAUNT


transitive verb

: to say insulting things to (someone) in order to make that person angry

Full Definition of TAUNT

:  to reproach or challenge in a mocking or insulting manner :  jeer at
taunt·er noun
taunt·ing·ly \ˈtn-tiŋ-lē, ˈtän-\ adverb

Examples of TAUNT

  1. The boys continually taunted each other.
  2. <taunted the newly arrived immigrants about their broken English>

Origin of TAUNT

perhaps from Middle French tenter to try, tempt — more at tempt
First Known Use: 1539


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