taunt

1 [tawnt, tahnt]
verb (used with object)
1.
to reproach in a sarcastic, insulting, or jeering manner; mock.
2.
to provoke by taunts; twit.
noun
3.
an insulting gibe or sarcasm; scornful reproach or challenge.
4.
Obsolete. an object of insulting gibes or scornful reproaches.

Origin:
1505–15; origin uncertain

taunter, noun
tauntingly, adverb
untaunted, adjective
untaunting, adjective
untauntingly, adverb


1. censure, upbraid, flout, insult. 2, 3. jeer. See ridicule. 3. scoff, derision, insult, censure, ridicule.
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taunt1 (tɔːnt)
 
vb
1.  to provoke or deride with mockery, contempt, or criticism
2.  to tease; tantalize
 
n
3.  a jeering remark
4.  archaic the object of mockery
 
[C16: from French phrase tant pour tant like for like, rejoinder]
 
'taunter1
 
n
 
'taunting1
 
adj
 
'tauntingly1
 
adv

taunt2 (tɔːnt)
 
adj
nautical (of the mast or masts of a sailing vessel) unusually tall
 
[C15: of uncertain origin]

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Word Origin & History

taunt
1515, possibly from M.Fr. tanter, tenter "to tempt, try, provoke," variant of tempter "to try" (see tempt). Or from M.Fr. tant pour tant "so much for so much, tit for tat," on notion of "sarcastic rejoinder." The noun is attested from 1529.
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Example sentences
On being taunted with his want of social accomplishments.
A-Rod was booed and taunted for his admitted steroid use.
Taunted by the yakuza, they live in constant fear of being discovered and
  repatriated.
After being taunted by peers, she stopped wearing a hijab on the way to and
  from school.
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