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taunt

play
verb \ˈtȯnt, ˈtänt\

Definition of taunt

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to reproach or challenge in a mocking or insulting manner :  jeer at

taunter

noun

tauntingly

play \ˈtȯn-tiŋ-lē, ˈtän-\ adverb

Origin and Etymology of taunt

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

Synonym Discussion of taunt

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

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taunt

noun

Definition of taunt

  1. :  a sarcastic challenge or insult

Examples of taunt in a Sentence

  1. The boys continually taunted each other.

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First Known Use of taunt

circa 1527


TAUNT Defined for English Language Learners

taunt

verb

Definition of taunt for English Language Learners

  • : to say insulting things to (someone) in order to make that person angry


TAUNT Defined for Kids

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taunt

play
noun \ˈtȯnt\

Definition of taunt for Students

  1. :  a mean insulting remark


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taunt

play
verb

Definition of taunt for Students

taunted

;

taunting

  1. :  to make fun of or say insulting things to



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