\ 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
3 : mockery
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 combination mock-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


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.


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


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

And if you get ridiculed for making an effort, who's the jerk -- you or person who mocks you? Carolyn Hax, oregonlive, "Carolyn Hax: Keep asking questions to get adult education plan rolling," 30 Aug. 2019 Trump appeared to mock her withdrawal from the race. NBC News, "Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand drops bid for Democratic nomination in 2020," 28 Aug. 2019 Star Wars fans and travelers continue to mock TSA’s decision. Lori Aratani, Washington Post, "TSA bans Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge ‘thermal detonator’ Coca-Cola bottles," 28 Aug. 2019 Over the weekend, Bolsonaro appeared to mock the appearance of Macron's wife. Anchorage Daily News, "Brazil’s president walks back rejection of Amazon fire aid," 27 Aug. 2019 The arrangement appeared to produce remarkable success: The New Canaan kitchens attracted national attention, upending the notion that school-cafeteria food was made only to be mocked. Sarah Schweitzer, The Atlantic, "The Lunch Ladies of New Canaan," 15 Aug. 2019 That video, circulated widely among right-wing networks, was subsequently used as ammunition to condemn Islam and even to mock the victims’ tolerant views. Rachel Monroe, Outside Online, "Last winter, Moroccan officials found two hikers dead on the trail to the highest peak in the Atlas Mountains. The international investigation that followed revealed the fragility of the adventure travel economy, as well as what happens when a small tourist hub is suddenly made strange by violence.," 29 July 2019 The vigil hit a slight bump when a man, who had appeared to be one of the vigil-goers, took to his megaphone to mock the death of the calf. Emily Brindley,, "Vigil, protest held for cow killed in Bloomfield Home Depot parking lot," 28 July 2019 Well, not the real Gardner, but a cardboard version of him that her husband, Ian Silverii, and his crew at ProgressNow Colorado use at events to mock the Yuma Republican. Nic Garcia, The Denver Post, "The Spot: The inside scoop on first gentleman Marlon Reis, reinsurance program moves forward, and who is the most electable in the 2020 Senate race?," 13 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Plus those trades ruined all those mocks that's been coming out in droves for weeks. Duane Rankin, azcentral, "What was that? NBA draft needs to fix the process when it comes to trades," 21 June 2019 Sophie’s dress originally went down the runway worn over a graphic animal print mock-neck long sleeve top with cutouts at the inner arms, paired with sky-high patent leather boots. Teen Vogue, "Sophie Turner Wears Mugler Little Black Dress During "X-Men" Press Tour in Paris," 27 Apr. 2019 Where the Kings stand at point guard before draft Just give me the mocks! Jason Jones' mock draft: Fun begins with the Kings on the clock Who drafted better? Jon Schultz, sacbee, "A procrastinator's guide to the Sacramento Kings’ 2018 NBA draft," 21 June 2018 This is a lot lower than many mocks have Jackson, who has great defensive upside but averaged just 10.9 points per game for the Spartans. 8. Marc Narducci,, "NBA mock draft: Sixers could stay at No. 10, draft Kevin Knox | Marc Narducci," 18 June 2018 The rundown of draft picks and where the mocks had them: Minkah Fitzpatrick, No. Michael Casagrande,, "How accurate NFL mock drafts were with Alabama picks," 27 Apr. 2018 So, the night before the shoot, Deryck took to pen and paper to draw a mock-up of the rapper's moniker and tried bringing it to life. Aimee Simeon,, "One Man, 6 Hours, & 1,000 Braids: What It Took To Create Missy Elliott's Iconology Cover," 24 Aug. 2019 There’s also a whole room devoted to the evolution of the museum, complete with a mock-up of the new design, and another room filled with crates. Los Angeles Times, "Column: LACMA, largely closed, has become an expensive ghost town," 23 Aug. 2019 No Pac-12 players are included in the Lottery portion of’s consensus mock, which identifies the most-common selection for each team across a variety of media outlets. Jon Wilner, The Mercury News, "Hotline newsletter: With Bru McCoy and Chris Steele secure at USC, the Pac-12 recruiting haul gains luster," 19 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

His organization began to crumble amid sensational reports about The Vow alleging its members were held down and branded in ceremonies at a ‘‘sorority house’’ for them that had a mock dungeon. Tom Hays,, "Self-help guru convicted in lurid sex-trafficking case," 19 June 2019 An army of draftniks with their own websites arrived in his wake, all mulling over the same information and issuing their own mock drafts and predictions., "A History of Football in 100 Objects," 28 Aug. 2019 For five years, the Los Angeles artist has been making and collecting mock album covers that fuse the wildly different universes of popular music and conceptual art. Los Angeles Times, "Gary Cannone’s parody album covers give conceptual art the heavy metal treatment," 2 Aug. 2019 This week, the People’s Liberation Army garrison in Hong Kong released a promotional video pledging to defend Chinese sovereignty in the semiautonomous territory, with footage of troops rounding up mock protesters in a drill. Austin Ramzy, New York Times, "Next to Protest Against Hong Kong’s Government: Its Employees," 1 Aug. 2019 But these tropes touch a raw nerve among Asian-Americans, the same way speaking in a mock accent or using gibberish to mimic Chinese speakers is troublesome. Shirley Leung,, "Herald’s ‘Wok Tall’ front page is no laughing matter for Asian-Americans," 1 Aug. 2019 As is the way of things on Holey Moley, commentators Rob Riggle and Joe Tessitore bring a humorous mock seriousness to the proceedings, treating the mini-golf contest with all the low-voiced hushes of an actual pro golf tournament. Maureen Lee Lenker,, "Watch Holey Moley contestant make 'miracle' shot on tricky Dutch windmill course," 31 July 2019 Trump at Tuesday's gathering in Virginia gave a scripted speech at the site of the first legislative assembly in Jamestown after touring the Jamestown church and a mock 1619 village. NBC News, "Muslim lawmaker protests at Trump event: 'You can't send us back!'," 30 July 2019 Families played a mock version of the game and huddle close to discuss answers for the audition., "Portland families want to be on TV. Here’s how this weekend’s Family Feud auditions went down.," 29 July 2019

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


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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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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