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mock

verb \ ˈmäk , ˈmȯk \
Updated on: 24 Nov 2017

Definition of mock

transitive verb
1 : to treat with contempt or ridicule : deride
  • he has been mocked as a mama's boy
  • —C. P. Pierce
2 : to disappoint the hopes of
  • for any government to mock men's hopes with mere words and promises and gestures
  • —D. D. Eisenhower
3 : defy, challenge
  • the unstable, strange new world of subatomic particles that mock all attempts at understanding
  • —Philip Howard
4 a : to imitate (someone or something) closely : mimic
  • a mockingbird was mocking a cardinal
  • —Nelson 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 affectation
  • —Ferdinand Schevill

mocker

noun

mockingly

play \ˈmä-kiŋ-lē, ˈmȯ-\ adverb

Examples of mock in a Sentence

  1. The boys mocked him for showing fear.

  2. He mocks art only because he doesn't understand it.

  3. They continue to mock the idea of a new government.

  4. We are being mocked for our religious beliefs.

  5. You can mock me as much as you like, but I'm going to do it anyway.

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Origin and Etymology of mock

Middle English, from moker

Synonym Discussion of 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, slavish, 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

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mock

noun

Definition of mock

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

Examples of mock in a Sentence

  1. they made a mock of the new recruit in front of the whole unit

  2. obviously, the “priceless” Grecian urn that is destroyed in the movie was a mock

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Origin and Etymology of mock

see 1mock

mock Synonyms


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mock

adjective

Definition of mock

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

Examples of mock in a Sentence

  1. We stared at him in mock surprise.

  2. Every summer, our history club performs mock battles to relive our country's greatest war.

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Origin and Etymology of mock

see 1mock


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mock

adverb

Definition of mock

: in an insincere or counterfeit manner usually used in combination
  • mock-serious

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Origin and Etymology of mock

see 1mock


MOCK Defined for English Language Learners

mock

verb

Definition of mock for English Language Learners

  • : to laugh at or make fun of (someone or something) especially by copying an action or a way of behaving or speaking

  • : to criticize and laugh at (someone or something) for being bad, worthless, or unimportant


mock

noun

Definition of mock for English Language Learners

  • : an exam that does not count and that is done to practice for a real exam : a mock exam


mock

adjective

Definition of mock for English Language Learners

  • : not based on real or honest feelings

  • : done or performed to look like the real thing


MOCK Defined for Kids

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mock

verb \ ˈmäk \

Definition of mock for Students

mocked; mocking
1 : to treat with scorn : ridicule
  • Stanley had also tried to explain that he needed to save his energy … but the other boys just mocked him.
  • —Louis Sachar, Holes
2 : 2mimic 2

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mock

adjective

Definition of mock for Students

: not real : make-believe
  • a mock battle


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