Definitions for: Scoff


[n] showing your contempt by derision
[v] treat with contemptuous disregard; "flout the rules"
[v] laugh or scoff at; "The crowd jeered at the speaker"



Webster (1913) Definition: Scoff (?; 115), n. [OE. scof; akin to OFries. schof,
OHG. scoph, Icel. skaup, and perh. to E. shove.]
1. Derision; ridicule; mockery; derisive or mocking
expression of scorn, contempt, or reproach.

With scoffs, and scorns, and contumelious taunts.
--Shak.

2. An object of scorn, mockery, or derision.

The scoff of withered age and beardless youth.
--Cowper.


Scoff, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Scoffed (?; 115); p. pr. &
vb. n. Scoffing.] [Cf. Dan. skuffe to deceive, delude,
Icel. skopa to scoff, OD. schoppen. See Scoff, n.]
To show insolent ridicule or mockery; to manifest contempt by
derisive acts or language; -- often with at.

Truth from his lips prevailed with double sway, And
fools who came to scoff, remained to pray. --Goldsmith.

God's better gift they scoff at and refuse. --Cowper.

Syn: To sneer; mock; gibe; jeer. See Sneer.


Scoff, v. t.
To treat or address with derision; to assail scornfully; to
mock at.

To scoff religion is ridiculously proud and immodest.
--Glanvill.

Synonyms: barrack, flout, gibe, jeer, jeer, jeering, mockery, scoffing

See Also: bait, brush aside, brush off, cod, derision, discount, dismiss, disregard, ignore, push aside, rag, rally, razz, ride, tantalise, tantalize, taunt, tease, twit

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