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scoff

noun \ ˈskäf , ˈskȯf \

Definition of scoff

1 : an expression of scorn, derision, or contempt : gibe
2 : an object of scorn, mockery, or derision

Origin and Etymology of scoff

Middle English scof, perhaps of Scandinavian origin; akin to obsolete Danish skof jest; akin to Old Frisian skof mockery


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scoff

verb

Definition of scoff

intransitive verb
: to show contempt by derisive acts or language
  • scoffed at the idea
transitive verb
: to treat or address with derision : mock

scoffer

noun

First Known Use of scoff

14th century

Synonym Discussion of scoff

scoff, jeer, gibe, fleer, sneer, flout mean to show one's contempt in derision or mockery. scoff stresses insolence, disrespect, or incredulity as motivating the derision.
    • scoffed at their concerns
jeer suggests a coarser more undiscriminating derision.
    • the crowd jeered at the prisoners
gibe implies taunting either good-naturedly or in sarcastic derision.
    • hooted and gibed at the umpire
fleer suggests grinning or grimacing derisively.
    • the saucy jackanapes fleered at my credulity
sneer stresses insulting by contemptuous facial expression, phrasing, or tone of voice.
    • sneered at anything romantic
flout stresses contempt shown by refusal to heed.
    • flouted the conventions of polite society

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scoff

verb

Definition of scoff

transitive verb
1 : to eat greedily
  • scoffed dinner
2 : seize often used with up
  • scoffed up the free gifts
intransitive verb
: to eat something greedily

Origin and Etymology of scoff

alteration of dialect scaff to eat greedily


SCOFF Defined for Kids

scoff

verb \ ˈskäf , ˈskȯf \

Definition of scoff for Students

scoffed; scoffing
: to show great disrespect with mocking laughter or behavior
  • People once scoffed at the idea of space travel.


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