\ 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

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, 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 Even the squirrels, birds, bunnies, and insects that mock me daily are great company. Danielle Bernabe, Fortune, "How staying at home and my compost bin introduced me to the gardening community," 22 Apr. 2021 Technology exists such that the average person can easily mock up a screenshot of direct messages or impersonate a celebrity online. Jenny Singer, Glamour, "Why Is Armie Hammer Trending on Twitter? Let's Investigate," 11 Jan. 2021 Lopez, 51, appeared to mock the split rumors on TikTok, posting a video sharing headlines about her and Rodriguez. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez announce breakup," 15 Apr. 2021 Those same container ships also mock an economics profession wedded to the Phillips Curve. John Tamny, Forbes, "The Ever Given Stuck In The Suez Canal Mocks A Fallacy-Riddled Economics Profession," 11 Apr. 2021 On March 25, Myanmar’s Civil Disobedience Movement was nominated for the 2022 Nobel Peace Prize—and just weeks ago, protesters were using creativity, humor and the arts to inspire solidarity and mock the junta. Emily Fishbein, Time, "As Myanmar's Junta Intensifies Its Crackdown, Pro-Democracy Protesters Prepare for Civil War," 7 Apr. 2021 Even so, Navalny appears to have gotten under the Russian leader’s skin in a way that few opponents have managed to do, daring to mock Putin personally and highlighting the issue of official corruption, a key driver of discontent. Laura King, Los Angeles Times, "How dissident Alexei Navalny’s new standoff with Russia’s Putin could play out," 1 Apr. 2021 Trevor Bauer has been out there a bit, what with his unique warm-up routine and wearing cleats decorated with garbage cans to mock the pumpkin-eating Houston Astros. Greg Moore, The Arizona Republic, "Major League Baseball needs Deion Sanders to improve attendance and fan engagement," 27 Mar. 2021 The day after his mother was murdered, the sun came up as if to mock the darkness in his heart. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "Centering the stories of the Atlanta spa shooting victims," 19 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The next day, the department's Bureau of the Fiscal Service updated its mock-up to reflect the change. Ben Gittleson, ABC News, "An inside look at how Donald Trump's name came to appear on stimulus checks," 7 May 2021 Still, one thing from that initial, anything-goes mock-up caught everyone’s attention. Josef Adalian, Vulture, "Inside Netflix’s Quest to End Scrolling," 28 Apr. 2021 Human engineers decided on the rough silhouette of the structure as well as their design priorities—user experience and sustainability—then handed the concept over to A.I. to generate hundreds of viable mock-ups. Ryan P. Smith, Smithsonian Magazine, "What If Humans and Artificial Intelligence Teamed Up to Build Better Communities?," 22 Apr. 2021 Although Surtain landed in Philadelphia in Kiper’s mock, the Cowboys would likely be ecstatic to come out of the first round with Horn and a future first-rounder. John Owning, Dallas News, "Film room: Buy or sell these Cowboys scenarios from NFL draft experts, including a defensive end at No. 10," 16 Apr. 2021 The project continued in New Zealand, where Mr. Howard used special technology to make movie props to create the first mock-up for the commission’s review. New York Times, "After Years of Wrangling, World War I Memorial Raises First Flag," 16 Apr. 2021 Sophomore David Johnson has not revealed his future plans either and is listed as high as a first-round pick on one NBA mock draft board. Shannon Russell, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville basketball picks up commitment from Marshall guard Jarrod West," 31 Mar. 2021 Perkins was dressed in a chartreuse mock neck top, with matching chartreuse dangling crystal earrings and thickish lines of cobalt drawn on her upper lash line. Melissa Gira Grant, The New Republic, "QAnon and the Cultification of the American Right," 1 Feb. 2021 Regular site visits to review mock-ups and inspect construction quality allow the consultant to catch installation issues before they are multiplied across the project. Joe Sugiyama, Forbes, "Put Me In, Coach: Adding The Right Specialty Consultant To Your Project Team," 5 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Sanders says, smacking the table in mock exasperation. Washington Post, "She’s chasing a Washington dream. He’s the Night Mayor.," 8 May 2021 In fact, emails obtained by ABC News through a Freedom of Information Act request show that officials scrambled to generate mock-ups for what the checks would look like. Ben Gittleson, ABC News, "An inside look at how Donald Trump's name came to appear on stimulus checks," 7 May 2021 The mock mission comes with all of the bells and whistles of an actual flight, from takeoff to landing. Mike Wehner, BGR, "Boeing’s Starliner flew to the International Space Station… in a simulation," 6 May 2021 Rodgers, who has been mum on social media or otherwise about the reports of his discontent, has previously been the target of The Onion's mock news establishment. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The Onion lends its satirical touch to Aaron Rodgers situation," 5 May 2021 Check out what some NFL mock draft projections say about Shough and the 2022 NFL draft. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, "NFL mock draft: Texas Tech quarterback Tyler Shough a wild card in 2022 NFL draft," 5 May 2021 Would Denver make all those mock drafters right and pick the Buckeyes QB without even having to trade up? Mark Inabinett |, al, "Broncos bypass quarterback for Alabama cornerback Patrick Surtain II," 4 May 2021 Simulation and mock practices can be rewarding team-building exercises if conducted in the right way. Zeenath Kuraisha, Forbes, "How To Adapt Your Sales Training And Onboarding: Part 1," 4 May 2021 The plan was for all three investigators to take an online course in genetic genealogy, which would walk them through a mock case. New York Times, "To Solve 3 Cold Cases, This Small County Got a DNA Crash Course," 3 May 2021 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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“Mock.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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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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