\ 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
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 German automaker Volkswagen apologized Wednesday for an advertisement that appeared to show a black man being mocked and literally flicked away by a pair of white hands. NBC News, "Volkswagen apologizes for 'racist advertising' of black man being pushed by white hands," 21 May 2020 His father mocked his effeminate manner and beat him, and Richard fled home as a teen. Thor Christensen, Dallas News, "‘Womp-bomp-a-lu-momp-a-lomp-bam-boom!’ What Little Richard told our Dallas critic about Elvis, race and being gay," 9 May 2020 But Reddit conversations about Karens, perhaps unsurprisingly, can also cross a line—as with posts mocking a real woman named Karen who expressed doubt about the threat of the coronavirus and later died from it. Kaitlyn Tiffany, The Atlantic, "How ‘Karen’ Became a Coronavirus Villain," 6 May 2020 Balaha’’ that mocked President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi. Sudarsan Raghavan,, "Jailed for a video mocking Egypt’s president, director Shady Habash dies in custody," 2 May 2020 That year an eminently qualified candidate who embodied a notably bellicose variant of the Marshall tradition lost to an opponent who openly mocked that tradition while possessing no qualifications for high office whatsoever. Andrew J. Bacevich, Harper's Magazine, "The Old Normal," 27 Apr. 2020 Modly reportedly offered his resignation after a Sunday recording revealed him mocking Navy Capt. TheWeek, "Acting Navy secretary reportedly resigns over ouster of Navy captain," 7 Apr. 2020 A few days after Pittman’s shooting, police allegedly disrupted a vigil for Pittman, kicking over candles, tearing down posters, and mocking mourners. Nick Pinto, The New Republic, "Criminal justice reformers are rethinking the crusade against cash bail.," 6 Apr. 2020 Images circulating on social media included one event where revelers stood next to homemade sign mocking coronavirus. al, "Mobile struggles to get people to stop going to “packed out” parks," 24 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Since Stachowiak developed the mock-up shield March 30, health care workers have constantly reached out to him with requests. Cathy Kozlowicz, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "While working two jobs, a Sussex man is constructing 2,000 face shields for health care and front-line workers," 22 Apr. 2020 Along with the detailed pitch is a minute-long mock-up version of what the game could be, should it get made. Ryan Parker, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Seinfeld' Video Game Pitch Is Impressive — for Being About Nothing," 17 Apr. 2020 He was supposed to fly to Manchester, England, this week to inspect a mock-up version of a stage door planned for a new theater that his company is constructing in Manhattan. New York Times, "Chinese Copper, Italian Marble: Coronavirus Shipping Delays Hurt Developers," 20 Mar. 2020 Meeting with the media this week before the start of UTSA’s spring practice March 17, Nix carried a sheet of paper with a mock-up of his two-deep at every position in his 3-4 base. Greg Luca,, "UTSA coaches outline new schemes on offense, defense as Roadrunners prepare for spring," 4 Mar. 2020 Painted largely in Laker purple and gold, the memorial casket is overlain with a mock-up of the Staples Center hardwood court, complete with miniature basketball goals on each end and 24-second clocks. Michael Futch, USA TODAY, "Designer casket honoring Kobe Bryant is ‘nothing people have ever seen’," 24 Feb. 2020 At the Aloft mock-up room, for instance, there is no television but a projector on top of the bed and a smartphone dock at the bedside. Chitra Narayanan, Quartz India, "With 3D-printed custom shoes and butler robots, technology is reshaping hospitality," 23 Jan. 2020 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Most, but not all, recent MLB mock drafts project Torkelson to go No. 1 overall in the 2020 MLB draft. Jeremy Cluff, azcentral, "ASU baseball's first-round MLB draft picks: Spencer Torkelson to join elite group in 2020," 12 May 2020 Why there was a mock draft run-through to begin the week. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "NFL Draft provides blueprint for NBA to have its draft take place virtually -- Chris Fedor," 24 Apr. 2020 Limbaugh did not mock Trump when the businessman announced his presidential campaign in June 2015. Matthew Continetti, National Review, "The Era of Limbaugh," 8 Feb. 2020 The peculiarities of the site mean the hotel’s mock bow faces inland, while the stern looks on the ocean, which gives the building the aspect of an accidental shipwreck. Aaron Timms, The New Republic, "Privacy Policy," 27 Jan. 2020 The interview followed a tweet the minister posted Sunday, and later deleted, using a cartoon character to mock Chinese accents and suggest Beijing was taking advantage of the crisis to carry out a world domination plan. Walter Brandimarte,, "Brazilian Minister Says China Has Been Profiting From Pandemic," 10 May 2020 In the new study, the researchers attached mock payloads—in this case, silicone rings—to the top of the nanocardboard plates. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "These Levitating 'Fruit Flies' Could Swarm on Mars for Science," 6 May 2020 The mock race took place on the same day that Gov. Kevin Stitt defended his plans to reopen some businesses across the state, including barber shops and hair salons. USA TODAY, "Subdued funeral for Zulu king, sewing guild fixes masks, mayor defies NM governor: News from around our 50 states," 28 Apr. 2020 USA TODAY Sports' mock draft has the Bengals taking Georgia running back D'Andre Swift at No. Dave Clark,, "Bengals like TCU defensive tackle Blacklock, Baylor receiver Mims at No. 33, per report," 24 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb 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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“Mock.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 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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