\ 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

At a time when seemingly everything about FC Cincinnati's approach to building its inaugural team has been questioned, probed or outright mocked, the 2019 MLS SuperDraft class is paying immediate dividends. Pat Brennan,, "FC Cincinnati bet big on the MLS SuperDraft. So far, it's been a smart gamble.," 3 July 2019 However, the uploader also included a screenshot of news coverage of the app from Vox and mocked concerns expressed in the article that the app could be harmful to women. James Vincent, The Verge, "Copies of AI deepfake app DeepNude are easily accessible online — and always will be," 3 July 2019 This just broke: a secret Facebook group of 9,500 CBP officers discussed making a GoFundMe for officers to harm myself & Rep. Escobar during our visit to CBP facilities & mocked migrant deaths. Dara Lind, ProPublica, "Investigation of Secret Border Patrol Group Launched as New Degrading Facebook Posts Surface," 2 July 2019 De Blasio’s chances at the White House are considered slim, with some New Yorkers openly mocking his campaign. Bill Ruthhart,, "New York Mayor Bill de Blasio brings longshot presidential campaign to Chicago, emphasizes need to improve relations between African Americans and police," 1 July 2019 In 1997, Mother Jones covered her fame and charisma—and shift to a more political message—in a prescient (and slightly mocking) profile. Alex Pareene, The New Republic, "Take Marianne Williamson Seriously," 28 June 2019 Early Thursday morning when Trump shared a video to Twitter mocking the audio mishap at the Democratic debate that had occurred just hours earlier on Wednesday evening. Joelle Goldstein,, "Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne Slam Donald Trump for Using 'Crazy Train' Without Permission," 27 June 2019 Farewell show from movie-mocking film series, with live music from Mr. Pac-Man. John Wenzel, The Know, "Mile High Movie Roast’s farewell marks end of era for B-movie comedy," 23 June 2019 Footage recorded from the crowd provided an amusing YouTube video and sparked a fresh round of tweets mocking Wright. Olga Kharif,, "Craig Wright says he invented bitcoin. Now he’s suing those who doubt him," 20 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Inside one of the warehouses sits a mock-up of the ABCS, right in the middle of the floor. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "The Airplanes That Rescue Ebola Patients," 5 July 2019 In addition to seven bedrooms and 14 bathrooms, the mock-up from architectural firm Shubin Donaldson includes a bowling alley, nightclub, bar, theater, salon, gym and a 140-foot swimming pool that spans the length of the estate. Jack Flemming,, "David Geffen drops $30 million on an empty acre in prime Beverly Hills," 3 July 2019 Efforts to redesign the bill were advanced enough for officials at the Secret Service and government engravers to review a metal engraving plate and a digital image of the Tubman mock-up as recently as May 2018, the report said. Hamza Shaban, Washington Post, "Harriet Tubman $20 bill redesign was underway before Trump administration delay, report says," 14 June 2019 Efforts to redesign the bill were advanced enough for officials at the Secret Service and government engravers to review a metal engraving plate and a digital image of the Tubman mock-up as recently as May 2018, the report said. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Report: $20 redesign was underway well before the delay," 14 June 2019 Sitting in front of him is a mock-up of the coffee-table book that will serve as the catalog to the MCAC show. Jonathan Van Meter, Vogue, "“My Job Is To Be a Spirit Leader”: Behind the Scenes with Virgil Abloh," 14 May 2019 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Both players have been mentioned on several 2020 NBA mock drafts. Don Markus,, "Looking ahead to 2020 NBA draft, Maryland could have multiple players taken," 25 June 2019 The Cavaliers had Utah’s pick but traded it to Detroit as part of a package to acquire Kevin Porter Jr. To get an idea of the players to watch in the 2020 draft, check out Matt Goul’s early mock draft. Tim Bielik,, "NBA Draft 2020: What picks do the Cleveland Cavaliers have?," 25 June 2019 Most mock drafts had Doumbouya going in the 8-11 range. Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, "Pistons think Sekou Doumbouya can help sooner than skeptics say. Here's why," 22 June 2019 All of the mock drafts, including USA TODAY’s, that had Arthur Kaliyev, Bobby Brink and Raphael Lavoie going in the top 20. Kevin Allen, USA TODAY, "NHL draft winners and losers: Canadiens get a steal with Cole Caufield at No. 15," 22 June 2019 Center Tacko Fall was in attendance at the draft and had been included in the second round of a few mock drafts leading up to the big night. Brian Murphy,, "Aubrey Dawkins signs with Pelicans, Tacko Fall and other UCF players wait after draft ends," 21 June 2019 McDaniels was picked in the area where many respected mock drafts projected him, although some had him as high as No. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Attorney questions Charlotte Hornets drafting Jalen McDaniels," 21 June 2019 While Hagans is the only returning Wildcat listed in ESPN’s 2020 mock draft, the smart money is on sophomore forward EJ Montgomery and junior forward Nick Richards. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "Which Kentucky basketball players could be picked in 2020 NBA draft?," 21 June 2019 Johnson, one of the best pure shooters in this class, was projected as a late first-rounder in plenty of mock drafts. Jeremy Cluff, azcentral, "Phoenix Suns the big loser in 2019 NBA draft after questionable trades, picks," 21 June 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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