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taunt

play
noun \ˈtȯnt, ˈtänt\

Definition of taunt

  1. :  a sarcastic challenge or insult



Circa 1527

First Known Use of taunt

circa 1527


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taunt

transitive verb

Simple Definition of taunt

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of taunt

  1. :  to reproach or challenge in a mocking or insulting manner :  jeer at

taunter

noun

tauntingly

play \ˈtȯn-tiŋ-lē, ˈtän-\ adverb

Examples of taunt in a sentence

  1. The boys continually taunted each other.



Origin and Etymology of taunt

perhaps from Middle French tenter to try, tempt — more at tempt


First Known Use: 1539

Synonym Discussion of taunt

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>.

TAUNT Defined for Kids

1

taunt

play
noun \ˈtȯnt\

Definition of taunt for Students

  1. :  a mean insulting remark




2

taunt

play
verb

Definition of taunt for Students

taunted

taunting

  1. :  to make fun of or say insulting things to





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