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

Definition of mock

 (Entry 1 of 4)

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
4a : 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



Definition of mock (Entry 2 of 4)

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



Definition of mock (Entry 3 of 4)

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



Definition of mock (Entry 4 of 4)

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

Other Words from mock


mocker noun
mockingly \ ˈmä-​kiŋ-​lē How to pronounce mock (audio) , ˈmȯ-​ \ adverb

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 The Illuminati might mock 616-Strange for being more arrogant than their own Strange. Chris Smith, BGR, 14 May 2022 Others mock the practice or deliberately misgender as a way to demean or insult. Christopher Arnott, Hartford Courant, 25 Apr. 2022 Teams flagrantly mock the Rooney Rule by bringing in Black coaches for sham interviews. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, 2 Feb. 2022 The visuals are intense and make biblical references to Jesus, showing Farruko carrying a cross as people mock and jeer him. Julyssa Lopez, Rolling Stone, 22 Apr. 2022 His goal, however, was not to mock or criticize the industry but to show its human side. Lise Pedersen, Variety, 11 Apr. 2022 Government and non-government users alike will be forced to remove content featuring prisoners of war if it is shared with the intent to mock, insult or call for retaliation against them, Twitter added. Brian Fung, CNN, 5 Apr. 2022 Books about a man being brutally tortured, nailed to slabs of wood, and then left to dangle there for three days while onlookers openly mock and deride him. Johanna Gohmann, The New Yorker, 5 Feb. 2022 Watching him can be like watching a child, in this instance a child shuffling uncomfortably having his picture taken, desperate to grin and ruffle his hair, to mock and undermine, to play up to the inherent absurdity of the situation. Tom Mctague, The Atlantic, 23 Jan. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun While most have Miami going in another direction, at least one mock believes the Dolphins will be searching for a quarterback in the first round by this time next year. David Furones, Sun Sentinel, 4 May 2022 Here’s a look at the mock up of what the space will look like: Listen, part of the fun of doing a weekly column is just writing what everyone is talking about. Michael Schneider, Variety, 2 May 2022 He's projected to go as high as No. 5 and as low as No. 12 in recent NBA mock draft projections after the 2022 NCAA Tournament. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, 12 Apr. 2022 Jermaine Johnson has become a popular mock pairing for the Ravens. Childs Walker, Baltimore Sun, 6 Apr. 2022 At the center, a mock-up of a monument covered by sandbags symbolizes Ukraine’s attempts to protect its heritage. New York Times, 18 Apr. 2022 Mahomes' impact goes beyond football field, into election booth College football winners and losers from Week 10 NBA mock draft: Is LaMelo Ball worth the No. 1 pick? Lorenzo Reyes, USA TODAY, 9 Nov. 2020 Here's how the latest WNBA mock drafts see the Fever's selections: 2. Scott Horner, The Indianapolis Star, 11 Apr. 2022 Davis’ name has shown up in the late third round of WNBA mock drafts. Edward Lee, Baltimore Sun, 11 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Floyd, 46, would stare at the camera with mock seriousness. Washington Post, 9 May 2022 The 26-year-old actress looked stunning during her appearance on The Tonight Show, wearing a textured bright blue dress that clung to her figure, showing off her baby bump, and featuring long sleeves and a mock turtle neck. Aimée Lutkin, ELLE, 8 May 2022 That hasn't stopped several sites from publishing early 2023 NFL mock draft projections. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, 6 May 2022 Visitors can also listen to Dylan’s early influences such as Little Richard at listening stations, or remix some of his famous tracks in a mock recording studio. Annie Gowen, Anchorage Daily News, 6 May 2022 That would likely entail playing overseas for a 6-foot-9 forward who is not equipped with a NBA skill set or listed on any mock draft boards. Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times, 6 May 2022 Gutfeld yells in mock outrage, and then grins his expensive, fiendish, but strangely vulnerable grin. James Parker, The Atlantic, 5 May 2022 When: The event opens at 10 a.m. with mock battles scheduled for 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Cathy Kozlowicz, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 4 May 2022 Turner, an ambassador for Louis Vuitton, looked radiant a the party in a vibrant red mock neck dress by the brand with long sleeves and a floor-length skirt. Glamour, 2 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb 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., 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,, 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 Some of the more witless pundits mock all this as mere conspiracy theory. John Kass, Twin Cities, 26 Dec. 2019 That same week provides a test, as many of the acts Nation of Smooth members love/mock will perform down the street from Revolution Live at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. Ben Crandell,, 7 Nov. 2019 The artists Kenya (Robinson) and Doreen Garner are sitting mock-regally on a divan in a moody Gramercy cocktail bar. Adam Davidson, The New Yorker, 28 Jan. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of mock


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


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1548, in the meaning defined above


circa 1625, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for mock

Verb, Noun, Adjective, and Adverb

Middle English, from moker

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More Definitions for mock


\ ˈmäk How to pronounce mock (audio) \
mocked; mocking

Kids Definition of mock

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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



Kids Definition of mock (Entry 2 of 2)

: not real : make-believe a mock battle

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