mock

verb
\ 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

mock

noun

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

mock

adjective

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

mock

adverb

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

Verb

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

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Verb

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

Many have mocked the trips Trump has taken to his private Florida club during his presidency, and this holiday visit was no exception. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Donald Trump and Melania Won't Spend Christmas at Mar-a-Lago for the First Time in Years," 24 Dec. 2018 Starbucks said an employee in Philadelphia has been fired after reportedly mocking a customer with a stutter. BostonGlobe.com, "Wynn Resorts losing high-profile general counsel," 5 July 2018 Though declared unconstitutional in 2013, a law against mocking the president remains on the statute books and Mr Mnangagwa has supported keeping it. The Economist, "Satire is booming after Robert Mugabe’s fall," 24 May 2018 Schlossberg wrapped up the rant by mocking a woman eating a sandwich. NBC News, "New York politicians file formal complaint against lawyer whose racist rant went viral," 17 May 2018 President Trump has been mocking wind power as an unreliable source of energy lately. Umair Irfan, Vox, "4 maps that show who’s being left behind in America’s wind-power boom," 28 Mar. 2019 Such a value would be not too far off $1 million—where the frequently mocked, frizzy-haired self-help guru James Altucher expects Bitcoin to be in 2020. Lionel Laurent, Bloomberg.com, "What Bitcoin Is Really Worth May No Longer Be Such a Mystery," 19 Apr. 2018 At times, Cruz has enjoyed mocking the idea of a 2018 Democratic wave, taking particular delight in O’Rourke’s subpar primary performance (less than 62 percent of the vote against two obscure opponents) last month. Gilbert Garcia, San Antonio Express-News, "New poll helps both O’Rourke and Cruz," 19 Apr. 2018 The idea behind the long-running joke is that Reynolds' character, the snarky, wise-cracking, only-kind-of-sort-of-a-hero and, most importantly, fourth wall breaking Deadpool delights in mocking the face of the X-Men franchise, Jackman. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Ryan Reynolds Falls for a Prank Pulled by Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal," 22 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Brown has Holmes going to the Chiefs in consecutive mocks. Tim Bielik, cleveland.com, "Will Sam Hubbard be a first-round pick? Ohio State 2018 NFL mock draft roundup 4.0," 10 Apr. 2018 Word processors with their letter-size mock-up almost demand to be used full screen. Rachel Z. Arndt, Popular Mechanics, "Why You Should Ditch Microsoft Word for NotePad," 8 Mar. 2019 Typically speaking, dentists will take impressions and send them to the lab for a mock-up or a blueprint of what that smile and then, once this is reviewed, the mockup can be tested in the patient's mouth. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, "What to Consider Before Getting Veneers on Your Teeth," 28 Feb. 2019 Others swapped new programming into an old Diebold e-pollbook, erasing voters from the rolls, while children as young as 11 hacked the mock-up election websites of 13 secretaries of state. Benjamin Wofford, Vox, "The midterms are already hacked. You just don’t know it yet.," 25 Oct. 2018 Then there are national mocks that include Arden Key, Lamar Jackson and Baker Mayfield. Clyde Verdin, NOLA.com, "Questions abound, but few answers for Saints' No. 27 pick," 29 July 2017 At the meeting, staffers applauded when CEO Kevin Burns displayed a mock-up of a Juul promotion inserted into a pack of Marlboros—one of the marketing tools the startup now has at its disposal. Jennifer Maloney, WSJ, "Juul’s Instant Millionaires: How $2 Billion From Altria Is Being Divvied Up," 21 Dec. 2018 The product mock-ups suggest it will be packaged with the Supreme logo spread across the lipstick cap and bullet. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Is Supreme's Rumored Red Lipstick Launching Soon? Fans on Instagram Think So," 27 Aug. 2018 Here's an early mock of the first round of the 2018 NBA draft: 1. Jason Jones, sacbee, "Deandre Ayton expected to go to the Phoenix Suns. Who do the Kings draft at No. 2? | The Sacramento Bee," 16 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

On the Thursday before the football game, Manual hosts a mock funeral for the Male bulldog. Louisville Courier Journal, The Courier-Journal, "The four biggest high school football rivalries in Louisville," 19 June 2018 This slight soberness also extends to how the episode treats Gore, whom South Park still sees as a figure to mock, but for a very different reason. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "12 years after mocking Al Gore’s fight against climate change, South Park reconsiders," 14 Nov. 2018 This is not written to mock, and not written to doom. Sam Mellinger, kansascity, "Hang onto your seat, Royals fans. In many ways, this club is in worse shape than it was in 2006 | The Kansas City Star," 18 May 2018 Ben Affleck’s is the kind of middle-aged-white-male sadness that the Internet loves to mock—a mocking that depends on a rejection of this sadness, as well as a hedging identification with it. Erin Jensen, USA TODAY, "Ben Affleck claps back at 'The New Yorker' for 'garish' back tattoo slight," 29 Mar. 2018 The property features 10 mock-shipwrecks, each appointed with chic, contemporary finishings. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "The 19 Best Places to Travel in 2019," 10 Jan. 2019 The Virgil Abloh–designed Louis Vuitton harness over a mock neck is distinct as hell. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "Let's Speculate About Timothée Chalamet's Golden Globes Outfit," 7 Jan. 2019 Among its abundant charms are the fragments of shtick the pair perform blithely, almost unconsciously, in their offstage lives—Ollie (John C. Reilly), doing his delicate little dance steps, Stan (Steve Coogan) scratching his head in mock perplexity. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, "‘Stan & Ollie’ Review: Fat, Lean, Funny and Fine," 3 Jan. 2019 The majority of their exteriors are brick, but they're accented (often in those triangular gables) with decorative half-timbering: essentially a mock frame of thin boards with stucco or stone filling in the spaces between the boards. Maggie Burch, House Beautiful, "There's A Reason You Don't See Many Tudor-Style Homes These Days," 1 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

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

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

History and Etymology for mock

Verb, Noun, Adjective, and Adverb

Middle English, from moker

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mock

verb

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

mock

noun

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

mock

adjective

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

mock

verb
\ 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

mock

adjective

Kids Definition of mock (Entry 2 of 2)

: not real : make-believe a mock battle

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