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

transitive verb

: to treat with contempt or ridicule : deride
he has been mocked as a mama's boyC. P. Pierce
: to disappoint the hopes of
for any government to mock men's hopes with mere words and promises and gesturesD. D. Eisenhower
: defy, challenge
the unstable, strange new world of subatomic particles that mock all attempts at understandingPhilip Howard
: to imitate (someone or something) closely : mimic
a mockingbird was mocking a cardinalNelson Hayes
: 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 affectationFerdinand Schevill
mocker noun
mockingly adverb


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: an act of ridicule or derision : jeer
: one that is an object of derision or scorn
: an act of imitation
: something made as an imitation


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


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: in an insincere or counterfeit manner
usually used in combination
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.
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Jerry Seinfeld, a fellow guest on the show, mocked Tucci’s suggestions, which included traveling with an air horn tied around your neck. Kaitlyn Huamani, Los Angeles Times, 8 May 2024 The two men embraced and spoke after Ross’ performance — a scene Hart mocked by implying Ross was kissing up to the GOAT. Chuck Schilken, Los Angeles Times, 6 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for mock 

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Word History


Verb, Noun, Adjective, and Adverb

Middle English, from moker

First Known Use


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

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

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Cite this Entry

“Mock.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 3 verb
ˈmäk How to pronounce mock (audio)
: to treat with scorn : ridicule
mocked his ideas
: defy sense 2
don't mock the rules
: to make fun of by mimicking
mocker noun
mockingly adverb


2 of 3 noun
: an act of mocking : jeer
: someone or something that is made fun of


3 of 3 adjective
: not real : imitation

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