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scoff1

[skawf, skof] /skɔf, skɒf/
verb (used without object)
1.
to speak derisively; mock; jeer (often followed by at):
If you can't do any better, don't scoff. Their efforts toward a peaceful settlement are not to be scoffed at.
verb (used with object)
2.
to mock at; deride.
noun
3.
an expression of mockery, derision, doubt, or derisive scorn; jeer.
4.
an object of mockery or derision.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English scof; origin uncertain, but compare Old Norse skopa to scorn
Related forms
scoffer, noun
scoffingly, adverb
Synonyms
1. gibe. Scoff, jeer, sneer imply behaving with scornful disapproval toward someone or about something. To scoff is to express insolent doubt or derision, openly and emphatically: to scoff at a new invention. To jeer suggests expressing disapproval and scorn more loudly, coarsely, and unintelligently than in scoffing: The crowd jeered when the batter struck out. To sneer is to show by facial expression or tone of voice ill-natured contempt or disparagement: He sneered unpleasantly in referring to his opponent's misfortunes.
Antonyms
3. praise.

scoff2

[skawf, skof] /skɔf, skɒf/
verb (used without object), verb (used with object)
1.
to eat voraciously.
noun
2.
food; grub.
Origin
1855-60; earlier scaff; origin uncertain
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Examples from the web for scoffing
  • Let's look at the car without the scoffing, aforementioned usage, but examine from another angle.
  • But then he throws that superiority away by scoffing at any possibility of reaching such a reckoning.
  • Lafitte evaded the search team for months, scoffing at their mission.
  • Verify that sufficient heat is maintained on the screed to prevent scraping, scoffing, or gouging of the newly completed surface.
  • Although you don't hear much scoffing or criticism about drug courts these days, that wasn't always the case.
  • The visitor turned with a scoffing laugh toward the speaker, but the derision died on: her lips.
  • And he amusingly and bravely grabs for her over the pitiful scoffing of his friends.
British Dictionary definitions for scoffing

scoff1

/skɒf/
verb
1.
(intransitive) often foll by at. to speak contemptuously (about); express derision (for); mock
2.
(transitive) (obsolete) to regard with derision
noun
3.
an expression of derision
4.
an object of derision
Derived Forms
scoffer, noun
scoffing, adjective
scoffingly, adverb
Word Origin
C14: probably from Scandinavian; compare Old Frisian skof mockery, Danish skof, skuf jest

scoff2

/skɒf/
verb
1.
to eat (food) fast and greedily; devour
noun
2.
food or rations
Word Origin
C19: variant of scaff food; related to Afrikaans, Dutch schoft quarter of the day, one of the four daily meals
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Word Origin and History for scoffing

scoff

v.

mid-14c., "jest, make light of something;" mid-15c., "make fun of, mock," from the noun meaning "contemptuous ridicule" (c.1300), from a Scandinavian source, cf. Old Norse skaup, skop "mockery, ridicule," Middle Danish skof "jest, mockery;" perhaps from Proto-Germanic *skub-, *skuf- (cf. Old English scop "poet," Old High German scoph "fiction, sport, jest, derision"), from PIE *skeubh- "to shove" (see shove (v.)).

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Slang definitions & phrases for scoffing

scoff

noun

Food: Beef heart is their favorite scoff (1846+)

verb
  1. To eat or drink, esp voraciously; scarf: I'll take you over so you can scoff (1846+)
  2. To steal; seize; plunder; swipe: Who scoffed my butts? (1893+)

[or-igin uncertain; perhaps fr Afrikaans schoft, defined in a 1600s dictionary as ''eating time for labourers or workmen foure times a day''; perhaps fr British dialect scaff; South African use in current senses is attested in late 1700s]


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