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

Definition of mock

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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
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 combinationmock-serious

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Other Words from mock


mocker noun
mockingly \ ˈmä-​kiŋ-​lē How to pronounce mockingly (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 Rick and Morty have done ads for products in the past, including partnerships with PlayStation, Alien: Covenant and an ad for Carl’s Jr. (which, like the Pringles commercial, mocked the idea of the show doing an ad in the first place). James Hibberd,, "Rick and Morty reveals a Super Bowl ad for Pringles," 28 Jan. 2020 But online, many people mocked the government’s efforts. Paul Mozur, New York Times, "Containing the Coronavirus: Countries Limit Travel to China," 28 Jan. 2020 Holzhauer mocks Jenning's Double Jeopardy all-in motion. Kelsey Hurwitz, Woman's Day, "'Jeopardy!:GOAT' Contestants Are "Feuding" On Twitter, and It's Hilarious," 15 Jan. 2020 Meanwhile, Trump mocked Pelosi on Friday for allegedly getting the idea to delay sending the articles of impeachment to the Senate from a tactic that John Dean, counsel to President Richard Nixon during Watergate, suggested on CNN. Author: John Wagner, Colby Itkowitz, Mike Debonis, Anchorage Daily News, "Pelosi signals House will send articles of impeachment to Senate as soon next week," 10 Jan. 2020 Geralt’s great love, Yennefer of Vengerberg, openly mocks him for his lack of small talk. Helen Lewis, The Atlantic, "Why The Witcher Is Better Than Game of Thrones," 1 Jan. 2020 President Donald Trump, a climate denier, mocked her UN speech on Twitter. oregonlive, "Greta Thunberg is Time magazine Person of the Year, joining ranks of presidents, dictators and innovators," 11 Dec. 2019 He was disregarded as a potential champion then, mocked for his flabby frame even though his fast hands and skills pointed to a boxer with talent. Steve Douglas, The Denver Post, "New dawn for boxing as Andy Ruiz Jr., Anthony Joshua set for Saudi Arabia rematch," 5 Dec. 2019 In a Week 5 matchup between Cleveland and San Francisco earlier this season, Bosa mocked Mayfield’s celebration, pretending to plant a flag in the ground after a sack. Daniel Oyefusi,, "College rivalries linger in NFL: Ravens’ Mark Andrews mocks 49ers’ Nick Bosa with flag-plant celebration," 1 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Duchess has also worn a J.Crew mock-neck sweater that is still stocked for $89, as well as a classic espadrille wedge by Castaner. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "This Year, Stylish Royals Embraced Affordable Fashion," 31 Dec. 2019 Though much will change in coming months, early mocks have the top of the 2020 draft being quite guard heavy. Connor Letourneau,, "Warriors lottery bound? Here are six 2020 NBA draft prospects to watch," 7 Nov. 2019 Still this first round mock is all about the Crimson Tide. Mark Heim |, al, "Mock draft has Tua No. 1, 6 Tide stars in 1st round, Jalen Hurts to Patriots, so we have questions," 4 Oct. 2019 Pistons fit: Few mocks have Bazley going in the first round, but two sources have told the Free Press the prospect, who skipped college, has been discussed as a first-round possibility. Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons NBA draft: 10 candidates for Round 1 — and a wildcard," 19 June 2019 Photo: Garage Bolaffi Other design mocks likely to attract enormous interest include Mr. Gandini’s models, an Alfa Romeo Carabo and the Lamborghini Athon. Parminder Bahra, WSJ, "How to Own a Rare Piece of Automotive History," 14 Nov. 2018 Also, strollers bearing non-runners are fully approved, as are members of fraternities looped together in mock-ups of giant six-packs. Bill Laitner, Detroit Free Press, "A flock of runners dashes in Turkey Trot races through downtown Detroit," 28 Nov. 2019 Our next mock draft is from a 14-team league with live bodies at the controls of the decision-making. Shawn Childs,, "Fantasy Football: 14-Team Mock Draft; Christian McCaffrey First Pick," 18 Aug. 2019 Bridge district officials gathered at a Richmond construction yard in May to show off a 300-foot mock-up of the net, its webbing supported by struts the color of ripe fruit. Rachel Swan,, "Golden Gate Bridge suicide nets delayed two years, as people keep jumping," 12 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Recent mock drafts project Tagovailoa will be chosen No. 5 by the Miami Dolphins. Mike Rodak |, al, "Tua Tagovailoa was ‘this close’ to returning to Alabama," 30 Jan. 2020 CBS Sports' latest mock draft, however, doesn't include Herbert in the first round. Dave Clark,, "Justin Herbert of Oregon not a first-round pick in CBS Sports NFL mock draft," 27 Jan. 2020 Once considered a possible 2020 NBA draft lottery pick, Whitney was not included in ESPN's most recent mock draft. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "Kahlil Whitney leaving Kentucky basketball team after being relegated to bench," 24 Jan. 2020 Besides, he or she would not have known which 49ers’ home city to mock and belittle. Scott Ostler,, "49ers fan guide to Kansas City: ‘The Soccer Capital of America’," 22 Jan. 2020 Chicago—where the members of the City Council whom columnists from Ben Hecht to Mike Royko used to mock now have more degrees than reporters of Hecht’s generation had. Thomas Geoghegan, The New Republic, "This is a high school nation," 20 Jan. 2020 Rush was easy to mock, and critics did so for years. Washington Post, "Rush was an easy band to mock. Neil Peart didn’t care, and that’s why we loved him.," 12 Jan. 2020 But drama there also took over the headlines, after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, French President Emmanuel Macron, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and others were filmed appearing to mock Trump's behavior earlier in the day. Annah Aschbrenner, USA TODAY, "OnPolitics: There's no going back now," 7 Dec. 2019 The May controversy prompted activists and McCain supporters to mock Trump during his state visit to London last month. Yvonne Wingett Sanchez, azcentral, "Cindy McCain, family celebrate 25th commissioning anniversary of USS John S. McCain," 2 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb 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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4 Feb 2020

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“Mock.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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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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