\ 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

Other Words from mock


mocker noun
mockingly \ ˈmä-​kiŋ-​lē How to pronounce mock (audio) , ˈmȯ-​ \ adverb

Choose the Right Synonym for mock


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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb With it, players threw the horns down gesture to mock the Texas hook ‘em hand signal. Michael Casagrande |, al, 10 Sep. 2022 The domains—such as and—allowed people to read independent media, and simultaneously were named to mock Alexander Lukashenko’s government. Matt Burgess, WIRED, 8 Sep. 2022 Singer Doja Cat seemed to mock the line in a TikTok that has since been deleted. Los Angeles Times, 13 July 2022 But Samsung could not pass up the opportunity to mock Apple in a commercial. Chris Smith, BGR, 10 Feb. 2022 Telluria’s whole scheme is designed to frustrate and mock the binary certainties of politics. Aaron Timms, The New Republic, 2 Sep. 2022 The elves in the First Age are really messy and screw each other over a lot, and fight and mock each other also. Adam B. Vary, Variety, 2 Sep. 2022 One of the judges warned Halevy not to mock the situation. New York Times, 5 Aug. 2022 The postings linked to Facebook and other personal accounts and compounded the bullying and abuse by urging the site's followers to mock and ridicule those featured. Brian Lowry, CNN, 27 July 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Georgia high school outfielder Druw Jones is a very trendy pick for Arizona with that selection in recent MLB mock drafts for the 2022 MLB draft. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, 28 June 2022 Most of those have been defensive linemen — and in this mock that doesn't change — but the quarterback McShay has the Lions grabbing at the end of the first round has not frequently been linked to the team. Tony Garcia, Detroit Free Press, 5 Apr. 2022 At one point, though, the joint shook like an old hockey barn when a mock-up of a Vietnam-era helicopter dipped down from the stage rafters, amid eerie, ominous flashing lights. Kevin Paul Dupont,, 6 Aug. 2022 The brand won over everyone from moms to office workers to celebrities like Sharon Stone, who wore a black Valentino skirt and a $26 mock Gap turtleneck to the Academy Awards in 1996. Nathaniel Meyersohn, CNN, 13 July 2022 Lee Jung-Jae, nominated for outstanding lead actor in a drama series for playing Seong Gi-hun in the Netflix mock-competition show, hopes fans will join in on the honor. Bellamy Richardson,, 12 July 2022 The wait staff mock applauded in the shadows with glee. James Raineystaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 30 June 2022 Nine picks later, in Givony's mock, Max Christie joins fellow Spartans Jaren Jackson Jr. and Xavier Tillman in Memphis. Tony Garcia, Detroit Free Press, 21 June 2022 In 2019, protesters inflated a giant mock Charmin toilet paper pack during one of P&G's annual meetings. Quinlan Bentley, The Enquirer, 7 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective In the end, one of the four mock drafts does have the Pistons selecting Ivey. Tony Garcia, Detroit Free Press, 21 June 2022 He is projected to be a late lottery pick in the vast majority of mock drafts. oregonlive, 20 June 2022 Draft Express, while no longer conducting mock drafts and prospect analysis, provides private scouting and analytics service to NBA, college and international teams. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, 27 May 2022 Shortly after completion of the 2022 NFL draft, a number of way-too-early 2023 mock drafts are already out. David Furones, Sun Sentinel, 4 May 2022 With the arrival of the NFL draft, the flood of mock drafts has nearly ended. Jonas Shaffer, Baltimore Sun, 28 Apr. 2022 Just hours before the first name will be called in Las Vegas, oddsmakers are trying to keep up with the latest football news, mock drafts and team rumors. Mark Heim |, al, 28 Apr. 2022 Widely seen as a sure-fire lottery pick heading into the season, Baldwin is now viewed as a late first-round selection by prominent mock drafts done by ESPN and The Athletic. Ben Steele, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 22 Apr. 2022 Various mock drafts have all three being selected within the first two rounds. Dom Amore,, 6 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Perhaps most famously, Mr. Remy and Orsillo, in between convulsions of laughter, mock-analyzed an incident in which one fan in the Fenway stands threw a slice of pizza at another in April 2007., 31 Oct. 2021 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 See More

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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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More Definitions for mock


\ 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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