taunt

verb
\ ˈtȯnt How to pronounce taunt (audio) , ˈtänt \
taunted; taunting; taunts

Definition of taunt

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

: to reproach or challenge in a mocking or insulting manner : jeer at

taunt

noun

Definition of taunt (Entry 2 of 2)

: a sarcastic challenge or insult

Other Words from taunt

Verb

taunter noun
tauntingly \ ˈtȯn-​tiŋ-​lē How to pronounce taunt (audio) , ˈtän-​ \ adverb

Synonyms for taunt

Synonyms: Verb

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Verb

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

Taunt vs. Taut

Verb

Taunt and taut may easily be confused. The words are similar in spelling and pronunciation, though the resemblance does not extent to their syntax or meanings. Taut is an adjective that is most often used to refer to something that is pulled tight, like "a taut rope," or is bulging or filled to capacity, like "taut muscles." Taunt is a noun and a verb that refers to teasing or making fun of a person. That the two words sound similar creates confusion, and taunt, being the more common word, is sometimes substituted for taut. You can remember the difference between the two by remembering that tight and taut both lack the n of taunt.

Examples of taunt in a Sentence

Verb The boys continually taunted each other.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb After the eighth inning, Cabrera pointed at the scoreboard and signaled to the crowd to quiet their negative reaction, and while most fans listened to the Tigers great, some continued to taunt Boone and the Yankees. Evan Petzold, USA TODAY, 22 Apr. 2022 Ukrainian officials continued to taunt Russia over the incident Thursday, suggesting more could follow. James Marson, WSJ, 11 Aug. 2022 After the eighth inning, Cabrera pointed at the scoreboard and signaled to the crowd to quiet their negative reaction, and while most fans listened to the Tigers great, some continued to taunt Boone and the Yankees. Evan Petzold, USA TODAY, 22 Apr. 2022 After the eighth inning, Cabrera pointed at the scoreboard and signaled to the crowd to quiet their negative reaction, and while most fans listened to the Tigers great, some continued to taunt Boone and the Yankees. Evan Petzold, USA TODAY, 22 Apr. 2022 After the eighth inning, Cabrera pointed at the scoreboard and signaled to the crowd to quiet their negative reaction, and while most fans listened to the Tigers great, some continued to taunt Boone and the Yankees. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, 21 Apr. 2022 Miller, who has not yet responded publicly or in court to the allegations, deleted their Instagram account earlier this week, but not before reportedly posting a series of memes that seemed to taunt authorities. Christian Holub, EW.com, 16 June 2022 The Estonian sophomore is the cocky and feisty sort who can drive opponents crazy, taunt their fans and question game officials. Tim Bielik, cleveland, 24 Mar. 2022 George and Martha proceed to taunt and prod each other in front of the unwitting young people. Jessica Geltstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 21 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In both cases, the apparent intention was to refer to someone who appears to be out of control/not able to control their actions, employing it as colloquial slang that has long been used as a playground taunt. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, 4 Aug. 2022 With each needling tweet and public taunt, Mr. Musk has eroded trust in the social media company, walloped employee morale, spooked potential advertisers, emphasized its financial difficulties and spread misinformation about how Twitter operates. New York Times, 11 July 2022 The taunt comparing Crenshaw to the late Senator John McCain originated from Fox News host Tucker Carlson. Shannon Larson, BostonGlobe.com, 20 June 2022 Pritchard then put one hand near the floor, a common N.B.A. taunt to signify that a defender is too small to guard the taunter. New York Times, 4 June 2022 The Facebook image with the anti-Biden taunt has been altered. Nayeli Lomeli, USA TODAY, 6 Nov. 2016 That private fear becomes a public taunt in Amsterdam, when the rapper is greeted by a horde of people in blackface. Nicole Acheampong, The Atlantic, 26 Mar. 2022 The Kremlin and its press organs airbrushed the taunt out of the official transcripts. The New Yorker, 13 Mar. 2022 On the beach, two alpha males tussled, one using his chest and large, trunklike nose (hence the name elephant seal) to push away a rival, while adding a final rumbling growl to intimidate — or maybe just taunt — the loser. Washington Post, 3 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of taunt

Verb

1539, in the meaning defined above

Noun

circa 1527, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for taunt

Verb

perhaps from Middle French tenter to try, tempt — more at tempt

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The first known use of taunt was circa 1527

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28 Sep 2022

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“Taunt.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/taunt. Accessed 3 Oct. 2022.

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More Definitions for taunt

taunt

noun
\ ˈtȯnt How to pronounce taunt (audio) \

Kids Definition of taunt

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a mean insulting remark

taunt

verb
taunted; taunting

Kids Definition of taunt (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make fun of or say insulting things to

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