Definitions for: Taunt


[n] aggravation by deriding or mocking or criticizing
[v] harass with persistent criticism or carping; "The children teased the new teacher"; "Don't ride me so hard over my failure"; "His fellow workers razzed him when he wore a jacket and tie"



Webster (1913) Definition: Taunt, a. [Cf. OF. tant so great, F. tant so much, L.
tantus of such size, so great, so much.] (Naut.)
Very high or tall; as, a ship with taunt masts. --Totten.


Taunt, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Taunted; p. pr. & vb. n.
Taunting.] [Earlier, to tease; probably fr. OF. tanter to
tempt, to try, for tenter. See Tempt.]
To reproach with severe or insulting words; to revile; to
upbraid; to jeer at; to flout.

When I had at my pleasure taunted her. --Shak.

Syn: To deride; ridicule; mock; jeer; flout; revile. See
Deride.


Taunt, n.
Upbraiding language; bitter or sarcastic reproach; insulting
invective.

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

With sacrilegious taunt and impious jest. --Prior.

Synonyms: bait, cod, rag, rally, razz, ride, tantalise, tantalize, taunting, tease, twit, twit

See Also: aggravation, banter, barrack, bemock, chaff, flout, gibe, irritation, jeer, jolly, josh, kid, mock, provocation, scoff

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