\ 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
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

The crowds that gathered in the Damascus also expressed scorn, waving portraits of Assad and mocking Trump. Author: Louisa Loveluck, Liz Sly, Anchorage Daily News, "Assad is defiant as US-led strikes in Syria show no sign of threatening his hold on power," 15 Apr. 2018 The company had been battered, insulted, and mocked for weeks. Nicholas Thompson, WIRED, "Within Facebook, a Sigh of Relief Over the Zuckerberg Hearings," 13 Apr. 2018 Trending up Kings chairman and principal owner Vivek Ranadive spent much of his early tenure with the team being mocked for bad hires in coaches and the front office and being labeled as too hands-on and quirky. Jason Jones, sacbee, "'The reason is pain': What Harry Giles, young Kings learned from Stephon Clark protest | The Sacramento Bee," 24 Mar. 2018 Yes, sometimes to mock them, sometimes to celebrate them. Mehera Bonner, Marie Claire, "'Game of Thrones' Costume Designer Michele Clapton Spills Her Season 8 Secrets," 8 Apr. 2019 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., "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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Another regional product, USC linebacker Cameron Smith, makes the Day 1 list in on two mocks. Noel Harris, sacbee, "Why many ‘way too early’ NFL mock drafts are high on one Sacramento-area product," 3 June 2018 The next two mocks took the Bills from picks 1 through 56, which would include Buffalo’s picks at 53 and 56. Jonathan Jones,, "How NFL Teams Build Their Mock Drafts," 25 Apr. 2018 The Freep’s very own Dave Birkett has already done three mocks and will have another coming on Thursday prior to the start of the NFL draft. Jamie Samuelsen, Detroit Free Press, "NFL mock drafts: Are there too many of them? Must they be numbered?," 23 Apr. 2018 Brown has Holmes going to the Chiefs in consecutive mocks. Tim Bielik,, "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,, "Questions abound, but few answers for Saints' No. 27 pick," 29 July 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

In one mock scenario, a viral Facebook post claiming that Latino voters were barred from voting was sent from a fake account mimicking the regional American Civil Liberties Union office. Benjamin Wofford, Vox, "The midterms are already hacked. You just don’t know it yet.," 25 Oct. 2018 Also surprised are the Broncos, who in none of their mock scenarios had Chubb still available to them at 5. Jenny Vrentas,, "24 Hours ... With Bradley Chubb and His Team at the NFL Draft," 1 May 2018 Our complete list of the top 100 prospects in the draft can be found here, and our latest mock draft projections here. Scouting reports compiled by Jeremy Woo, Chris Johnson and Jake Fischer. 1. The Si Staff,, "2018 NBA Draft: Ranking Best Guards Available," 14 June 2018 Most early mock projections have Wagner landing somewhere in the second round of the draft. Nick Baumgardner, Detroit Free Press, "Moritz Wagner gave Michigan all he had, now he's ready for the NBA," 14 Apr. 2018 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

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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