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scoff

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noun \ˈskäf, ˈskȯf\

Definition of scoff

  1. 1 :  an expression of scorn, derision, or contempt :  gibe

  2. 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


First Known Use: 14th century


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scoff

verb

Definition of scoff

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to show contempt by derisive acts or language <scoffed at the idea>

  3. transitive verb
  4. :  to treat or address with derision :  mock

scoffer

noun

14th Century

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

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to eat greedily <scoffed dinner>

  3. 2 :  seize —often used with up <scoffed up the free gifts>

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to eat something greedily

Origin and Etymology of scoff

alteration of dialect scaff to eat greedily


First Known Use: 1846


SCOFF Defined for Kids

scoff

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verb \ˈskäf, ˈskȯf\

Definition of scoff for Students

scoffed

scoffing

  1. :  to show great disrespect with mocking laughter or behavior <People once scoffed at the idea of space travel.>



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