\ 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 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 Cindy Chafian of Women for America First spoke to the crowd, seeming to mock Washington’s COVID-19 guidelines. Los Angeles Times, "Trump supporters and far-right groups rally in Washington to protest election results," 14 Nov. 2020 Crimson Tide players would later mock Orgeron’s 2019 post-Alabama speech while sharing the video of his 2020 sideline anger. Michael Casagrande |, al, "Ed Orgeron explains anger in headset-tossing meltdown," 6 Dec. 2020 Officials with an autocratic bent around the globe snatched up the idea to mock the press or to deny ugly truths. Washington Post, "Trump is leaving press freedom in tatters. Biden can take these bold steps to repair the damage.," 6 Dec. 2020 Fox News host Tucker Carlson aired a montage of clips featuring top hires in the Biden-Harris White House, beginning with a 2019 video clip of incoming White House press secretary Jen Psaki, who appeared to mock Biden's gaffes openly. Spencer Neale, Washington Examiner, "'They hate him': Tucker Carlson plays montage of Biden picks criticizing and mocking him," 3 Dec. 2020 Polgar — who became a Grandmaster at age 15 in 1991, 30 years after Beth’s fictional rise — says her male competitors would disparage or mock her. Washington Post, "‘The Queen’s Gambit,’ a period drama that erases sexism from 1960, is the best fantasy show of the year," 25 Nov. 2020 But those who mock Donald Trump as a mere huckster or illusionist are forgetting that, in a whole nation full of such people, that is not necessarily a downside. Christopher Caldwell, The New Republic, "The Biden Popular Front Is Doomed to Unravel," 23 Nov. 2020 Cuomo's order, which limits Thanksgiving gatherings to 10 people, has already faced pushback from Staten Island Republican Joe Borelli, who appeared to mock the restriction earlier this month. Sam Dorman, Fox News, "New York county says it won't enforce Cuomo's limit on Thanksgiving gatherings," 17 Nov. 2020 Then the president interjected to mock the former vice president’s tone and approach. Tom Benning, Dallas News, "‘Will you remember that Texas?’: Key moments from the final Biden-Trump presidential debate," 23 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 Per BBC News, the Polish Cipher Bureau, including mathematicians Marian Rejewski, Henryk Zygalski and Jerzy Różycki, reconstructed a mock-up of the Enigma machine and made a first attempt at breaking the code in the late 1930s. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, "Divers Discover Nazi Enigma Machine Thrown Into the Baltic Sea During WWII," 7 Dec. 2020 When the Clippers asked Los Angeles artist Mister Cartoon to collaborate on the design of the team’s City Edition uniform two years ago, one of the first mock-ups made by the artist was a black jersey with white lettering and numbers. Andrew Greif, Los Angeles Times, "Clippers release new City Edition uniform by Mister Cartoon," 1 Dec. 2020 Several prominent mock drafts have pegged Okoro as a potential option for the Pistons. Omari Sankofa Ii, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons' growing workout list gives clues to 2020 NBA draft priorities," 11 Nov. 2020 And while Trump picked up Texas' 38 electoral votes this year, former Democratic Vice President Joe Biden won the Permenter mock election in a landslide. Talia Richman, Dallas News, "For Texas middle schoolers watching the election unfold, social studies teacher a guide through the unknown," 4 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Projected as high as a No. 5 pick in at least one mock draft, Jones is pegged as a potential later selection in the opening round and a likely second-rounder in others. Creg Stephenson |, al, "Heisman Trophy Ceremony LIVE STREAM (01/05/21): Watch DeVonta Smith, Mac Jones, Trevor Lawrence, Kyle Trask online | Time, TV, channel," 5 Jan. 2021 In the most recent mock draft by CBS Sports, Lance and Wilson joined Lawrence and Fields as top-10 picks, Jones went 13th to the Chicago Bears and Trask slipped out of the first round. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "Final four weeks matter a whole lot to Detroit Lions' draft position," 8 Dec. 2020 So consider this mock draft an exercise in probability instead of certainty. Marcus Fuller, Star Tribune, "NBA mock draft: From Wolves top pick to where Minnesotans Oturu, Nnaji go," 18 Nov. 2020 Here is my latest 2021 NFL mock draft, with the draft order according to as of the end of Week 10. Tim Bielik, cleveland, "The Browns might have a choice between two Michigan defensive ends in the first round: 2021 NFL mock draft 3.0," 18 Nov. 2020 Former Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, has been playing Pence in mock debates with Harris. Tyler Pager,, "Harris Team Is Confident About Health Precautions at Debate," 7 Oct. 2020 While Biden spent hours in mock debates to rehearse his attack lines and rebuttals, multiple insiders said Trump took a more relaxed approach. Rob Crilly, Washington Examiner, "Trump deploys chaos as he tries to trip Biden," 29 Sep. 2020 Joe Biden huddled with his team of senior advisers in his hometown of Wilmington, Delaware, last week and turned to Bob Bauer, a senior Biden adviser and former White House general counsel, to play the role of Trump during mock debates. Sean Rossman, USA TODAY, "2020 election live updates: Anticipation builds for first Trump, Biden debate in Cleveland; Amy Coney Barrett visits Capitol Hill," 29 Sep. 2020 Jason Bane, a Democratic consultant, played Gardner in mock debates to help Markey prepare for the Yuma Republican, who at the time was a state legislator. Justin Wingerter, The Denver Post, "Cory Gardner once opposed economic stimulus bills. Not anymore.," 30 Mar. 2020 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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11 Jan 2021

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“Mock.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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How to pronounce mock (audio)

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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