scoff
I. noun Etymology: Middle English scof, perhaps of Scandinavian origin; akin to obsolete Danish skof jest; akin to Old Frisian skof mockery Date: 14th century 1. an expression of scorn, derision, or contempt ; gibe 2. an object of scorn, mockery, or derision II. verb Date: 14th century intransitive verb to show contempt by derisive acts or language <
scoffed at the idea
>
transitive verb to treat or address with derision ; mockscoffer noun Synonyms: scoff, jeer, gibe, fleer, sneer, flout mean to show one's contempt in derision or mockery. scoff stresses insolence, disrespect, or incredulity as motivating the derision <
scoffed at their concerns
>
. jeer suggests a coarser more undiscriminating derision <
the crowd jeered at the prisoners
>
. gibe implies taunting either good-naturedly or in sarcastic derision <
hooted and gibed at the umpire
>
. fleer suggests grinning or grimacing derisively <
the saucy jackanapes fleered at my credulity
>
. sneer stresses insulting by contemptuous facial expression, phrasing, or tone of voice <
sneered at anything romantic
>
. flout stresses contempt shown by refusal to heed <
flouted the conventions of polite society
>
. III. verb Etymology: alteration of dialect scaff to eat greedily Date: 1846 transitive verb 1. to eat greedily <
scoffed dinner
>
2. seize — often used with up <
scoffed up the free gifts
>
intransitive verb to eat something greedily

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Scoff — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • scoff — scoff, jeer, gibe, fleer, gird, sneer, flout can all mean to show one s scorn or contempt in derision or mockery. Scoff stresses insolence, irreverence, lack of respect, or incredulity as the motives for one s derision or mockery {it is an easy… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Scoff — Scoff, v. t. To treat or address with derision; to assail scornfully; to mock at. [1913 Webster] To scoff religion is ridiculously proud and immodest. Glanvill. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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. [1913 Webster] With scoffs, and scorns, and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Scoff — «Scoff» Canción de Nirvana LP Bleach Publicación 15 de junio de 1989 …   Wikipedia Español

  • scoff — scoff·er; scoff; scoff·ing·ly; …   English syllables

  • scoff — [skɔf US sko:f, ska:f] v [Date: 1300 1400; Origin: Probably from a Scandinavian language] 1.) [I and T] to laugh at a person or idea, and talk about them in a way that shows you think they are stupid = ↑make fun of scoff at ▪ David scoffed at her …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • scoff — Ⅰ. scoff [1] ► VERB ▪ speak about something in a scornfully derisive way. ► NOUN ▪ an expression of scornful derision. DERIVATIVES scoffer noun. ORIGIN perhaps Scandinavian. Ⅱ …   English terms dictionary

  • scoff — index derogate, disdain (noun), disdain (verb), disparage, flout, humiliate, jape, jeer, mock ( …   Law dictionary

  • scoff — (v.) late 14c., earlier as a noun, contemptuous ridicule (c.1300), from a Scandinavian source, Cf. O.N. skaup, skop mockery, M.Dan. skof jest, mockery; perhaps from P.Gmc. *skub , *skuf (Cf. O.E. scop poet, O.H.G. scoph fiction, sport, jest,… …   Etymology dictionary

  • scoff — [v] make fun of; despise belittle, boo*, contemn, deride, dig at*, disbelieve, discount, discredit, disdain, flout, gibe, jeer, knock*, laugh at, make light of*, mock, pan*, poke fun at, pooh pooh*, rag*, rally, reject, revile, ride, ridicule,… …   New thesaurus

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