\ 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 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, unoriginal, 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 But the fashions at this year’s Gala were like the swollen testes of Trinidad: almost too dumb to mock. Bethy Squires, Vulture, 18 Sep. 2021 But the story is so bizarre that Kyle and Dorit, apparently unsure how best to question Erika's credibility themselves, call in reinforcements to openly mock a few of her tales for the cameras. Mary Sollosi,, 17 Sep. 2021 Tammy Faye, with her helium speaking voice and peppy gospel-tune belting—not to mention her clown-on-the-town makeup, which became more garish and extreme as the duo became richer—was lively and sugary and fun to mock. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, 17 Sep. 2021 Between her Fabletics athletic gear line, her frequent workout videos and her WW ambassadorship, Kate Hudson is something of a wellness guru on Instagram — and her 17-year-old son Ryder can't help but mock his mom for it. Julie Mazziotta,, 15 Sep. 2021 For years, Bob Enyart used his conservative media platform in Denver to mock those who died of AIDS by name or call for women who receive abortions to face the death penalty. Timothy Bella, Anchorage Daily News, 14 Sep. 2021 The 66-year-old used an accent that has been used to mock that of English-speaking Asians. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, 11 Sep. 2021 One such Instagram post from August, showing a water polo player spraying water on himself while swimming in a pool, was used to mock a mask mandate on top of a vaccine mandate. New York Times, 2 Sep. 2021 Trump often used racially insensitive terms to mock China. Carole Carlson,, 31 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Lawrence Tierney, who plays Elaine’s cranky father, Alton Benes, attempted to steal a butcher knife from the set and mock-threatened Seinfeld with the very real prop when caught in the act. Larry Fitzmaurice, Vulture, 1 Sep. 2021 Its centerpiece is a 40-foot mock tornado that swirls in a vapor imitation of a funnel cloud and towers over the museum’s main level. Doug George,, 21 June 2021 Many people in the U.S. and Europe mock bitcoin, criticizing its volatility and high transaction costs, believing that the U.S. dollar and the euro work perfectly well, with no need for alternatives. Avik Roy, Forbes, 10 June 2021 A month before that symposium in 2019, Bezos unveiled a mock-up of the lander in a big ballroom in Washington, D.C., and, beaming with confidence, told the audience that the vehicle in front of them was going to the moon. Marina Koren, The Atlantic, 20 Aug. 2021 As a draft-eligible redshirt sophomore who is already going No. 1 overall in some preseason mock drafts, Rattler is going to be in the spotlight. R.j. Coyle, Dallas News, 13 Aug. 2021 In June, the Air Force evaluation team reviewed our design and the YF-12A mock-up, and we were given good grades. Clarence L. Johnson, Popular Mechanics, 12 Aug. 2021 Early in the season he had been projected as a lottery pick in NBA mock drafts for the 2021 NBA draft (and to go as high as No. 9 or No. 10). Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, 31 Mar. 2021 However, likely changes to the NCAA transfer system and the presence of several Kentucky players on 2021 NBA mock drafts adds doubt to that prognosis. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, 11 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Ex-Clemson cornerback Derion Kendrick, who was projected as a potential NFL first-rounder in several mock drafts, transferred to Georgia after his dismissal from Clemson. Mark Heim |, al, 4 Sep. 2021 Barnes had risen in mock drafts in recent weeks but offered the first surprise of the night by going to the Toronto Raptors with the No. 4 pick ahead of Gonzaga freshman point guard Jalen Suggs. Aaron Beard,, 30 July 2021 But after a series of strong workouts, Aldama began to creep into the back end of those mock drafts, ranging between Nos. 40 to 55. Edward Lee,, 30 July 2021 On the eve of the draft, here’s a look at where the latest mock drafts project Jackson and Boston to be picked. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, 29 July 2021 Only so much stock can be put into mock drafts, but The Athletic, The Ringer, ESPN and Bleacher Report all project Bouknight to be picked sixth overall by the Thunder on Thursday night. Shawn Mcfarland,, 28 July 2021 Mitchell received by far the most matches, which only reinforces why so many mock drafts have linked him to the Warriors. Connor Letourneau, San Francisco Chronicle, 27 July 2021 Lysell, ranked as high as third in the draft class (by Dobber Prospects) and regularly in the top 10 of online mock drafts, fell outside the top 20., 24 July 2021 Many scouting reports or mock drafts had figured Kuminga to go in the first five picks, but the Magic need a shooter first and foremost. Chris Hays,, 20 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Clifford looked at him mock-sternly, channelling Diana. Anna Russell, The New Yorker, 8 June 2020 Stokes continued, mock yelling in a West Hollywood hotel. Ariana Romero,, 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, 16 Mar. 2020 The included photo of the model/mock up of this case is close but not exact. Ron Spomer, Outdoor Life, 26 Feb. 2020 Some of the more witless pundits mock all this as mere conspiracy theory. John Kass, Twin Cities, 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,, 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, 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)

: 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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