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[tawnt, tahnt] /tɔnt, tɑnt/
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
1505-1515
1505-15; origin uncertain
Related forms
taunter, noun
tauntingly, adverb
untaunted, adjective
untaunting, adjective
untauntingly, adverb
Synonyms
1. censure, upbraid, flout, insult. 2, 3. jeer. See ridicule. 3. scoff, derision, insult, censure, ridicule.
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  • On being taunted with his want of social accomplishments.
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  • 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.
  • When she came under scrutiny for doping, she taunted any who doubted her purity, talent and work ethic.
  • He was often taunted while growing up and he often responded by fighting back.
  • The student complained to his teachers and guidance counselor that he was continually being taunted and teased.
  • The fever had taunted him for three days, seeming to fade, then circling back and inflicting pain time and again.
  • In many ways geopolitics are much more complex than when two nuclear-armed superpowers taunted and tested each other.
  • Lance taunted bus drivers by saying he paid no price for misbehaving.
British Dictionary definitions for taunted

taunt1

/tɔːnt/
verb (transitive)
1.
to provoke or deride with mockery, contempt, or criticism
2.
to tease; tantalize
noun
3.
a jeering remark
4.
(archaic) the object of mockery
Derived Forms
taunter, noun
taunting, adjective
tauntingly, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from French phrase tant pour tant like for like, rejoinder

taunt2

/tɔːnt/
adjective
1.
(nautical) (of the mast or masts of a sailing vessel) unusually tall
Word Origin
C15: of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for taunted

taunt

v.

1510s, possibly from Middle French tanter, tenter "to tempt, try, provoke," variant of tempter "to try" (see tempt). Or from Middle French tant pour tant "so much for so much, tit for tat," on notion of "sarcastic rejoinder." Related: Taunted; taunting.

n.

1520s, from taunt (v.).

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