\ 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

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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, unoriginal, 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 Grasping at reeds of grace and selfishness, the Hildebrandts demonstrate in the most poignant way how mortals stumble through life freighted with ideals that simultaneously mock and inspire them. Washington Post, 5 Oct. 2021 Media is the most accessible way to share information and mobilize movements, but in many instances media has provided platforms to ignore and mock Black women survivors, creating content that condones abuse and profits off of their pain. Essence, 28 Sep. 2021 Zepeda isn’t ashamed of his love for pumpkin spice lattes from Starbucks, even if his colleagues relentlessly mock him for his addiction. Paul Stephen, San Antonio Express-News, 8 Sep. 2021 At SUNY Binghamton, students have pushed back on these measures with memes, which often mock the administration’s decisions. New York Times, 2 Sep. 2021 But the fashions at this year’s Gala were like the swollen testes of Trinidad: almost too dumb to mock. Bethy Squires, Vulture, 18 Sep. 2021 But the story is so bizarre that Kyle and Dorit, apparently unsure how best to question Erika's credibility themselves, call in reinforcements to openly mock a few of her tales for the cameras. Mary Sollosi,, 17 Sep. 2021 Tammy Faye, with her helium speaking voice and peppy gospel-tune belting—not to mention her clown-on-the-town makeup, which became more garish and extreme as the duo became richer—was lively and sugary and fun to mock. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, 17 Sep. 2021 Between her Fabletics athletic gear line, her frequent workout videos and her WW ambassadorship, Kate Hudson is something of a wellness guru on Instagram — and her 17-year-old son Ryder can't help but mock his mom for it. Julie Mazziotta,, 15 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The photo provided a much clearer look at the apparent weapon, though Pyongyang might have displayed a mock-up, said Ankit Panda, a senior fellow at the U.S.-based Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Washington Post, 12 Oct. 2021 Here’s a mock-up of what the ambient-mode cards look like on Google TV: Google also announced that a virtual remote for Google TV is coming soon to the Google Home app (both iOS and Android versions). Todd Spangler, Variety, 11 Oct. 2021 The centerpiece is a rotary-wing aircraft simulator/mock-up with a digital backbone architecture that allows plug and play flexibility for different capabilities and systems integration combinations. Eric Tegler, Forbes, 7 Oct. 2021 The mock-up robots present onstage with Musk at a Tesla company event Thursday night were not even vaporware. Los Angeles Times, 19 Aug. 2021 On Wednesday, the Brooklyn Nets star posted a mock-up picture to his Instagram page of Bryant in front of the NBA logo. Jason Duaine Hahn,, 25 Feb. 2021 Lawrence Tierney, who plays Elaine’s cranky father, Alton Benes, attempted to steal a butcher knife from the set and mock-threatened Seinfeld with the very real prop when caught in the act. Larry Fitzmaurice, Vulture, 1 Sep. 2021 Its centerpiece is a 40-foot mock tornado that swirls in a vapor imitation of a funnel cloud and towers over the museum’s main level. Doug George,, 21 June 2021 Many people in the U.S. and Europe mock bitcoin, criticizing its volatility and high transaction costs, believing that the U.S. dollar and the euro work perfectly well, with no need for alternatives. Avik Roy, Forbes, 10 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Oklahoma quarterback Spencer Rattler saw a precipitous fall in the latest mock draft from ESPN’s NFL Draft guru Mel Kiper. R.j. Coyle, Dallas News, 30 Sep. 2021 Boys can choose color blocking with a mock neck quarter zip sweatshirt and color block joggers 2-pack. Sharon Edelson, Forbes, 1 Oct. 2021 Roberts closed his eyes and shook his head in mock disgust. Dylan Hernández Columnist, Los Angeles Times, 30 Sep. 2021 The Cowboys follow a Monday night game with a 1 p.m. ET kickoff vs. Carolina, their preparation cut to a Wednesday walkthrough-like mock game followed by Thursday practice in shells. Jori Epstein, USA TODAY, 29 Sep. 2021 Someone else posted a mock budget, digging at the government’s astronomical defense budget. Malaika Jabali, Essence, 29 Sep. 2021 Some customers don't wear masks and mock store employees who do, while others get enraged by product shortages, said Fix., 25 Sep. 2021 Some customers don’t wear masks and mock store employees who do, while others get enraged by product shortages, said Fix. Washington Post, 25 Sep. 2021 Minutes later, the game show crew organized mock games, with buzzers and all. Cynthia Greenlee, Harper's BAZAAR, 17 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Clifford looked at him mock-sternly, channelling Diana. Anna Russell, The New Yorker, 8 June 2020 Stokes continued, mock yelling in a West Hollywood hotel. Ariana Romero,, 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, 16 Mar. 2020 The included photo of the model/mock up of this case is close but not exact. Ron Spomer, Outdoor Life, 26 Feb. 2020 Some of the more witless pundits mock all this as mere conspiracy theory. John Kass, Twin Cities, 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,, 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, 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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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)

: 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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