mock

1 of 4

verb

ˈmäk How to pronounce mock (audio)
ˈmȯk
mocked; mocking; mocks

transitive verb

1
: to treat with contempt or ridicule : deride
he has been mocked as a mama's boyC. P. Pierce
2
: to disappoint the hopes of
for any government to mock men's hopes with mere words and promises and gesturesD. D. Eisenhower
3
: defy, challenge
the unstable, strange new world of subatomic particles that mock all attempts at understandingPhilip Howard
4
a
: to imitate (someone or something) closely : mimic
a mockingbird was mocking a cardinalNelson Hayes
b
: to mimic in sport or derision
followed the old man along the street mocking his gait

intransitive verb

: jeer, scoff
she … mocked at his piety as affectationFerdinand Schevill
mocker noun
mockingly adverb

mock

2 of 4

noun

1
: an act of ridicule or derision : jeer
2
: one that is an object of derision or scorn
3
4
a
: an act of imitation
b
: something made as an imitation

mock

3 of 4

adjective

: of, relating to, or having the character of an imitation : simulated, feigned
the mock solemnity of the parody

mock

4 of 4

adverb

: in an insincere or counterfeit manner
usually used in combination
mock-serious
Choose the Right Synonym for mock

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

copy, imitate, mimic, ape, mock mean to make something so that it resembles an existing thing.

copy suggests duplicating an original as nearly as possible.

copied the painting and sold the fake as an original

imitate suggests following a model or a pattern but may allow for some variation.

imitate a poet's style

mimic implies a close copying (as of voice or mannerism) often for fun, ridicule, or lifelike imitation.

pupils mimicking their teacher

ape may suggest presumptuous, unoriginal, or inept imitating of a superior original.

American fashion designers aped their European colleagues

mock usually implies imitation with derision.

mocking a vain man's pompous manner

Examples of mock in a Sentence

Verb The boys mocked him for showing fear. He mocks art only because he doesn't understand it. They continue to mock the idea of a new government. We are being mocked for our religious beliefs. You can mock me as much as you like, but I'm going to do it anyway. Noun they made a mock of the new recruit in front of the whole unit obviously, the “priceless” Grecian urn that is destroyed in the movie was a mock Adjective We stared at him in mock surprise. Every summer, our history club performs mock battles to relive our country's greatest war. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
Featuring Arnold Schwarzenegger in what looked like a big movie ad only to mock of his accent felt like a missed opportunity, but the payoff reuniting him with Danny DeVito saved it. Brian Lowry, CNN, 11 Feb. 2024 But during his first presidential campaign, Donald Trump mocked former POW John McCain and a Gold Star family. CBS News, 11 Feb. 2024 All in an effort to eradicate the very real problem of open-air drug markets, which conservative commentators love to mock. Erika D. Smith, Los Angeles Times, 10 Feb. 2024 Chappelle, of course, has been slammed in recent years for stand-up specials mocking and criticizing the trans community. James Hibberd, The Hollywood Reporter, 5 Feb. 2024 Everybody can copy another person in terms of comedy: to mock you and try to make an impression. J. Kim Murphy, Variety, 3 Feb. 2024 Unlike in years past, where Chinese disinformation was easily recognized and mocked for its use of simplified characters and vocabulary from China, this video featured a man speaking with a Taiwanese accent and in a way that appeared completely local. David Klepper and Huizhong Wu, The Christian Science Monitor, 2 Feb. 2024 Right-wing pundits sic their viewers on comedians who mock their pet causes. TIME, 2 Feb. 2024 Swift’s high-profile romance with Kelce continues to make waves on the internet — in addition to massive fan interest and support, the singer also recently became victim to pornographic AI nudes that mocked her Chiefs fandom. Zoe G Phillips, The Hollywood Reporter, 31 Jan. 2024
Noun
The bit continues on throughout the mock behind-the-scenes featurette, with Park standing in for Krasinski. Tatiana Tenreyro, The Hollywood Reporter, 5 Feb. 2024 Monster mocks, Monster annotates, Monster will not be appeased. Parul Sehgal, The New Yorker, 4 Dec. 2023 This year’s list of grant recipients includes middle school mock trials and a gardening club, as well as an elementary school financial literacy program and social justice club. John Benson, cleveland, 8 Sep. 2023 The beef roll, the heavy mock stitching, the large tongue, and the squat heel are all fundamental penny loafer features. Brad Lanphear, Men's Health, 8 Sep. 2023 High school mock trial teams have eight weeks to prepare for a case before it is tried. Thomas Goodwin Smith, Baltimore Sun, 19 July 2023 There’s a mock Devlin Macgregor Pharmaceuticals website that sells Provasic T-shirts, hats, golf shirts, and coffee mugs. Andy Greene, Rolling Stone, 29 July 2023 Here's what the latest mock drafts forecast for them. Indystar Sports, The Indianapolis Star, 19 June 2023 Tigers make things easy Leading into the draft, multiple mocks had Langford going as the No. 1 overall pick to the Pirates. R.j. Coyle, Dallas News, 10 July 2023
Adjective
Advertisement At Legoland, task force members will practice a variety of technical search-and-rescue tactics during a mock earthquake scenario, including rollercoaster rescues and a parking structure collapse. Kristina Davis, San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 Feb. 2024 Malek, for his part, wore a navy mock neck button-up, matching trousers, and a black coat with leather boots. Hannah Jackson, Vogue, 8 Feb. 2024 At one point in the show, the nonagenarian naturalist himself grabs ahold of a mock pliosaur tooth in the lab and begins stabbing it into a quivering block of rubbery gel designed to mimic flesh. William Booth, Washington Post, 7 Feb. 2024 In Bleacher Report’s latest mock draft, Furphy’s projected to be drafted by the Oklahoma Thunder with the No. 26 overall pick. Shreyas Laddha, Kansas City Star, 2 Feb. 2024 The stunner of the night that brought loud house cheers and applause: a black mock neck one-piece with long sleeves and a neon yellow bodice, too stunning to leave on the sandy beaches. Miami Staff, Miami Herald, 30 Jan. 2024 At Austin City Limits in October, the model and actor dressed the part of a rock star in a pink mock neck with matching briefs and thigh-high silver boots. Hannah Jackson, Vogue, 26 Jan. 2024 The horns and brass, too, were in top form — casting warm halos in the first movement before swerving into shows of sneering mock patriotism. Michael Andor Brodeur, Washington Post, 26 Jan. 2024 Even their music, with its concrete beats and mock directives, sounded fascist. Owen Gleiberman, Variety, 25 Jan. 2024
Adverb
Sports Sam Farmer’s crystal ball: NFL mock draft 2.0 after big trade for top pick April 3, 2023 Stafford passed for only 10 touchdowns, with eight interceptions, as the Rams produced the worst performance by a defending Super Bowl champion in league history. Gary Klein, Los Angeles Times, 17 Apr. 2023 And though Tyler ditched the bellhop costume quickly, he was soon replaced by the anonymous character of a fisherman in a bright yellow raincoat who was responsible for holding up a backdrop as Tyler set sail -- and, of course, mock-mopping up the water on the dock once Tyler returned to land. Billboard, 31 July 2021 Alwyn begins mock-pulling at his cheeks and widening his eyes at any talk of said face. Vulture, 9 May 2022 Perhaps most famously, Mr. Remy and Orsillo, in between convulsions of laughter, mock-analyzed an incident in which one fan in the Fenway stands threw a slice of pizza at another in April 2007. BostonGlobe.com, 31 Oct. 2021 Clifford looked at him mock-sternly, channelling Diana. Anna Russell, The New Yorker, 8 June 2020 Stokes continued, mock yelling in a West Hollywood hotel. Ariana Romero, refinery29.com, 20 Apr. 2020 But as the conflict in the country dragged on for years, the banner became a symbol over which critics would mock Bush. John Gage, Washington Examiner, 16 Mar. 2020 The included photo of the model/mock up of this case is close but not exact. Ron Spomer, Outdoor Life, 26 Feb. 2020 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Verb, Noun, Adjective, and Adverb

Middle English, from moker

First Known Use

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1548, in the meaning defined above

Adverb

circa 1625, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of mock was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Mock.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mock. Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

mock

1 of 3 verb
ˈmäk How to pronounce mock (audio)
ˈmȯk
1
: to treat with scorn : ridicule
mocked his ideas
2
: defy sense 2
don't mock the rules
3
: to make fun of by mimicking
mocker noun
mockingly adverb

mock

2 of 3 noun
1
: an act of mocking : jeer
2
: someone or something that is made fun of

mock

3 of 3 adjective
: not real : imitation

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