\ 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

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Other Words from mock


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

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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

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The situation, however, does give Poehler and Fey room to mock their own strange set-up — and the entire live-TV viewing experience that has become the norm during the pandemic. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, "Tina Fey and Amy Poehler used to rock the Golden Globes, but can they do it in 2021?," 25 Feb. 2021 What solidified our resolve to buy and hold GameStop was how institutional investors reacted to our score, taking to Twitter and financial news programs to harangue and mock us. Anonymous, The New Republic, "I Bought Tens of Thousands of Dollars of GameStop Stock. And I Have No Regrets.," 1 Feb. 2021 When conspiracy theorists claimed online that Obama planned to use a military training operation to declare martial law in Texas, Fox covered the kerfuffle mostly to dismiss or even mock it. New York Times, "Can Conservative Media Still Return to Business as Usual?," 13 Jan. 2021 The Darpa Grand Challenge was indeed over, and the headlines would mock it as an overhyped science project. Alex Davies, Wired, "The Autonomous-Car Chaos of the 2004 Darpa Grand Challenge," 6 Jan. 2021 An apparent hair dye mishap gave critics of Giuliani another chance to gleefully mock him, with many social media users believing the lawyer's hair dye was running down the side of his face for a short time during the conference. Charles Trepany, USA TODAY, "Rudy Giuliani shouts out 'My Cousin Vinny' at press conference, film's director reacts," 20 Nov. 2020 Yes, there is a lot to mock in the Proud Boys playbook, but the bro-ish-ness of its branding actually helps to disguise its true malevolence. Courtney Shea,, "It’s Not Time To Be Smug, Canada — We’re Connected To The Riot In Washington," 8 Jan. 2021 This week’s Liberal Media Scream features NBC’s Chuck Todd, who put on his most dismissive smirk Sunday to mock Republican Sen. Ron Johnson’s defense of President Trump’s claims of election fraud. Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner, "Liberal Media Scream: Smug Chuck Todd to senator, ‘I’ve had enough of hearing this!’," 4 Jan. 2021 The dispute saw Fox News host Tucker Carlson repeatedly mock the future first lady’s honorific title this week. Washington Post, "Once friends, Biden calls Lindsey Graham ‘a personal disappointment’ for not recognizing election win," 16 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun It’s what multiple members of the organization were hoping for -- and noticed immediately in a recent mock-up handed out before the official schedule was released. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Cavaliers to open Second Half of season with three-game road trip starting in New Orleans on March 12," 24 Feb. 2021 Smith wasn't projected to go near No. 10 in NBA mock drafts this season. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, "NBA draft grades: Phoenix Suns blasted for Jalen Smith pick at No. 10 in 2020 NBA draft," 19 Nov. 2020 The Warriors did what many of the NBA mock drafts had projected Wednesday, taking Memphis center James Wiseman with the No. 2 pick. Connor Letourneau,, "Warriors take Memphis’ James Wiseman with No. 2 pick in NBA draft," 18 Nov. 2020 On that day, Related Companies, the developer of Hudson Yards, played a video of Alvin Ailey dancers performing for hundreds of spectators on a mock-up of the Vessel’s signature staircases. Audrey Wachs, Curbed, "I Knew The Vessel Was Going To Have A Suicide Problem Years Before It Was Built," 17 Jan. 2021 As Israel threatened at one point to bomb Iranian nuclear sites like Fordo, U.S. officials reportedly showed them a video of a bunker-buster bomb destroying a mock-up of Fordo in America’s southwestern desert. Jon Gambrell, ajc, "Iran plans 20% uranium enrichment 'as soon as possible'," 2 Jan. 2021 As Israel threatened at one point to bomb Iranian nuclear sites like Fordo, U.S. officials reportedly showed them a video of a bunker-buster bomb destroying a mock-up of Fordo in America’s southwestern desert. Jon Gambrell, The Christian Science Monitor, "Iran says it will enrich uranium to 20% – a pre-nuclear deal level," 2 Jan. 2021 At this year's Consumer Electronics Show, Hyundai showed off a full-size mock-up of a multirotor air taxi dubbed the SA-1. Paul A. Eisenstein, NBC News, "Uber has offloaded its Elevate unit, but flying taxis are still taking off," 15 Dec. 2020 The researchers asked the animals to detect a positive Covid-19 sweat sample in one olfactory cone from a lineup of three to four cones that contained negative, or mock, samples. Katie Hunt, CNN, "Dogs can be trained to detect Covid-19 by sniffing human sweat, study suggests," 10 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The capsule that the microbes were housed in was filled with a mock Martian atmosphere to match the conditions of Mars as closely as possible. Mike Wehner, BGR, "Life from Earth might survive on Mars, but not for long," 27 Feb. 2021 There’s been a plethora of mock logos across the Internet for years featuring different players. oregonlive, "Kobe Bryant as the new NBA logo? Kyrie Irving pushes discussion for change: ‘It needs to happen’," 26 Feb. 2021 His pauses, intonations, and mock tones were far funnier than those of our contemporary regulars on late-night television. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "We Have Lost an American Genius," 25 Feb. 2021 During its annual Analyst Day presentation Thursday, the company showed a mock screenshot of a Super Follow account charging $4.99 per month. Tommy Beer, Forbes, "Twitter To Test Subscription Feature Allowing Users To Charge Followers For Exclusive Content," 25 Feb. 2021 Along with mock-neck T-shirts, washed jeans and flannel shirts, the Nuptse is a ’90s fashion icon that, for many, provides the comfort of familiarity. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "Why the North Face’s ’90s Nuptse Jacket Is Selling Out—and Three Puffers to Buy Instead," 24 Feb. 2021 In Joe Lunardi’s most recent Bracketology update for ESPN, four local teams appeared in his NCAA Tournament mock field for the second straight week. Dallas News, "Bracketology: Baylor trails Gonzaga for the top overall seed while six other Big 12 teams make the field," 24 Feb. 2021 Two billboards fashioned as mock tweets by Miami Mayor Francis Suarez debuted over downtown San Francisco roadways this week, part of a campaign to woo remote workers to Florida’s burgeoning tech hub. Nora Mishanec, San Francisco Chronicle, "Miami tries to woo Bay Area tech workers, firms with S.F. billboard campaign," 18 Feb. 2021 Her second look featured a mock-neck mesh slip dress over a two-piece set. Heran Mamo, Billboard, "Rihanna Ditches the Lingerie & Models Savage x Fenty Boxers While Quoting Popcaan Lyrics," 16 Feb. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Clifford looked at him mock-sternly, channelling Diana. Anna Russell, The New Yorker, "The Dizzying Meta-Narratives of “Quiz”," 8 June 2020 Stokes continued, mock yelling in a West Hollywood hotel. Ariana Romero,, "Will You Get An Outer Banks Season 2? This Is What The Cast Says," 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, "CNBC analyst likens Trump autographing market chart to George W. Bush's 'Mission Accomplished' moment," 16 Mar. 2020 The included photo of the model/mock up of this case is close but not exact. Ron Spomer, Outdoor Life, "The New 27 Nosler and .277 Sig Fury Are Creating a .277 Cartridge Comeback," 26 Feb. 2020 Some of the more witless pundits mock all this as mere conspiracy theory. John Kass, Twin Cities, "John Kass: Will Washington media expose the liars who spun the Trump-Russia hoax?," 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,, "When Fort Lauderdale will be the yacht rock capital of the world," 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, "The Podcast as Performance Art," 28 Jan. 2017

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

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English Language Learners Definition of mock

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: 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



English Language Learners Definition of mock (Entry 2 of 3)

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



English Language Learners Definition of mock (Entry 3 of 3)

: not based on real or honest feelings
: done or performed to look like the real thing


\ 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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