verb (used with object)
- to attack or treat with ridicule, contempt, or derision.
- to ridicule by mimicry of action or speech; mimic derisively.
- to mimic, imitate, or counterfeit.
- to challenge; defy: His actions mock convention.
- to deceive, delude, or disappoint.
verb (used without object)
- to use ridicule or derision; scoff; jeer (often followed by at).
- a contemptuous or derisive imitative action or speech; mockery or derision.
- something mocked or derided; an object of derision.
- an imitation; counterfeit; fake.
- a hard pattern representing the surface of a plate with a warped form, upon which the plate is beaten to shape after furnacing.
- bed(def 23).
- feigned; not real; sham: a mock battle.
- mock up, to build a mock-up of.
- (when intr, often foll by at) to behave with scorn or contempt (towards); show ridicule (for)
- (tr) to imitate, esp in fun; mimic
- (tr) to deceive, disappoint, or delude
- (tr) to defy or frustratethe team mocked the visitors’ attempt to score
- the act of mocking
- a person or thing mocked
- a counterfeit; imitation
- (often plural) informal (in England and Wales) the school examinations taken as practice before public examinations
- sham or counterfeit
- serving as an imitation or substitute, esp for practice purposesa mock battle; mock finals
v.early 15c., “to deceive;” mid-15c. “make fun of,” from Old French mocquer “deride, jeer,” of unknown origin, perhaps from Vulgar Latin *muccare “to blow the nose” (as a derisive gesture), from Latin mucus; or possibly from Middle Dutch mocken “to mumble” or Middle Low German mucken “grumble.” Or perhaps simply imitative of such speech. Related: Mocked; mocking; mockingly. Replaced Old English bysmerian. Sense of “imitating,” as in mockingbird and mock turtle (1763), is from notion of derisive imitation. adj.1540s, from mock, verb and noun. Mock-heroic is attested from 1711; mock-turtle “calf’s head dressed to resemble a turtle,” is from 1763; as a kind of soup from 1783. n.“derisive action or speech,” early 15c., from mock (v.).