\ 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 Several Colorado police officers were fired Friday over photos that appeared to mock the chokehold death of Elijah McClain. Lukas I. Alpert, WSJ, "Police Officers Fired Over Selfies at Elijah McClain’s Memorial Site," 3 July 2020 The cow account appears to mock Nunes' family's dairy farm, which the congressman has made a central part of his identity in politics. Savannah Behrmann, USA TODAY, "Judge rules Rep. Devin Nunes can't sue Twitter over statements from parody cow and mom accounts," 25 June 2020 Dangerous demagogues use ad hominem appeals to mock and delegitimize legitimate opposition. Jennifer Mercieca, The Conversation, "A field guide to Trump’s dangerous rhetoric," 19 June 2020 And the show uses hot dogs and chop suey, which gourmets may mock as basic or culinary abominations, as examples of how immigrants must often fit themselves into other people’s boxes in order to make a life here. Mike Sutter,, "San Antonio Mixtli chef to be featured on ‘Top Chef’ judge Padma Lakshmi’s new streaming series ‘Taste the Nation’ on Hulu," 15 June 2020 During a telephone town hall with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees union, Joe Biden again tried to mock President Trump's next campaign rally, planned for next week in Tulsa. Caitlin Conant, CBS News, "2020 Daily Trail Markers: Black faith leaders tackle what's next after George Floyd's death," 12 June 2020 Additionally, Hickenlooper, in his second primary debate on Wednesday, made two remarks Republicans used as fodder to mock him. Kerry Picket, Washington Examiner, "Cory Gardner counts on John Hickenlooper's missteps in perilous reelection bid," 12 June 2020 Two incoming students at public Missouri universities have withdrawn from their schools after a video they were involved in appeared to mock the death of George Floyd. NBC News, "June 3 coverage of nationwide unrest and ongoing protests," 4 June 2020 Director Matt Wolf sees Biosphere 2 as something to marvel at, though, not something to mock. Kate Knibbs, Wired, "Spaceship Earth and the Value of Utopian Thinking," 12 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Arizona Wildcats basketball team could have three first-round picks in the 2020 NBA draft, according to some recent NBA mock draft projections. Jeremy Cluff, azcentral, "NBA mock draft: Will Nico Mannion, Josh Green or Zeke Nnaji be 1st Arizona Wildcat picked?," 18 June 2020 The apparent mock-up resembles the Nimitz-class carriers that the U.S. Navy routinely sails into the Persian Gulf from the Strait of Hormuz, where 20 percent of all the world's oil passes through. Fox News, "Iran appears to build fake aircraft carrier as tensions with US grow," 10 June 2020 In reality, the photos showed some people using a rope to climb down from a mock-up of Oryol, which has been perpetually in development and may never fly. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Russia’s space leader seems pretty bitter about SpaceX’s success," 10 June 2020 The mock-up is reportedly docked in Bandar Abbas, a port city located on Iran’s southern coast. Zachary Halaschak, Washington Examiner, "Iran appears to construct mock aircraft carrier complete with fake fighter jets," 9 June 2020 This is a league that doesn’t need three months and five Mel Kiper mock drafts to complete the process. Tim Cowlishaw, Dallas News, "The NBA is about to take on the NFL and should be applauded for it," 5 June 2020 A few months ago, Arizona guard Nico Mannion was projected to land in the Top 10 of the 2020 NBA draft in some NBA mock draft projections. Jeremy Cluff, azcentral, "NBA mock draft: Arizona Wildcats' Nico Mannion falls in 2020 NBA draft projections," 4 June 2020 At this time last year, there wasn’t a single mock draft that had players like Joe Burrow, Javon Kinlaw, Justin Jefferson or Patrick Queen projected to be picked in the first round of this year’s NFL draft. Matt Zenitz |, al, "SEC staffers identify players poised for breakout seasons," 27 Apr. 2020 Here’s a look at USA TODAY Sports’ NBA mock draft based on observations and conversations with scouts and executives. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, "NBA mock draft: Assessing the stocks of LaMelo Ball, Obi Toppin in first-round outlook," 9 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The incentive for current owners to cash in is so strong that NBC Sports has already conducted a mock two-team expansion draft. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "With money tight amid coronavirus pandemic, NBA may be more ready for moves," 26 June 2020 But as a long-standing institution of American comedy, SNL provides a window into a culture that has continued to passively embrace an inherently racist tradition meant to demean and mock black people. Bethonie Butler, Washington Post, "Blackface has long been an issue in comedy. Look no further than ‘Saturday Night Live’ for proof.," 25 June 2020 Tommy Hilfiger Men’s Adaptive Mock Neck with Extended Half Zipper Pull is a mock neck sweater perfect for any occasion. Mark Heim |, al, "Amazon’s ‘Big Style Sale’ is on, deals up to 50 percent off Reebok, Fossil, Tommy Hilfiger and more," 25 June 2020 Penguins march through a tunnel of mock small cherry blossom trees at Maxell Aqua Park Shinagawa in Tokyo on April 30, 2020. Andrea Thompson, Scientific American, "Zoos Find Creative Ways to Cope with Coronavirus Lockdowns," 19 June 2020 Former Chandler High standout Hamilcar Rashed Jr., a defensive lineman at Oregon State, also shows up in a recent first-round mock draft for 2021. Jeremy Cluff, azcentral, "NFL mock draft: Brock Purdy, Hamilcar Rashed among Arizonans to watch in 2021 NFL draft," 17 June 2020 There’s been no shortage of creativity as social media mavens created their own mock ESSENCE covers. Jasmine Grant, Essence, "These Couples Absolutely Crushed The ESSENCE Challenge," 16 June 2020 Recently, Criswell and his roommate, Jordan Nwogu, held a mock graduation for Michigan’s fifth-year seniors, who were denied a ceremony because of the coronavirus pandemic. Susan Slusser,, "A’s pick versatile Michigan righty Jeff Criswell, son of former Oakland prospect," 11 June 2020 Aldridge, who moved to Detroit from Harlem in 1965, helped convene the People’s Tribunal in August 1967 — a mock trial of sorts of the cops implicated in the killings of the three teens at the Algiers. Joe Guillen,, "From 1967 to George Floyd: Detroit activists connect the dots to fight inequality," 14 June 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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9 Jul 2020

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“Mock.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jul. 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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