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mock

[mok] /mɒk/
verb (used with object)
1.
to attack or treat with ridicule, contempt, or derision.
2.
to ridicule by mimicry of action or speech; mimic derisively.
3.
to mimic, imitate, or counterfeit.
4.
to challenge; defy:
His actions mock convention.
5.
to deceive, delude, or disappoint.
verb (used without object)
6.
to use ridicule or derision; scoff; jeer (often followed by at).
noun
7.
a contemptuous or derisive imitative action or speech; mockery or derision.
8.
something mocked or derided; an object of derision.
9.
an imitation; counterfeit; fake.
10.
Shipbuilding.
  1. a hard pattern representing the surface of a plate with a warped form, upon which the plate is beaten to shape after furnacing.
  2. bed (def 23).
adjective
11.
feigned; not real; sham:
a mock battle.
Verb phrases
12.
mock up, to build a mock-up of.
Origin of mock
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English mokken < Middle French mocquer
Related forms
mockable, adjective
mocker, noun
mockingly, adverb
self-mocking, adjective
unmocked, adjective
unmocking, adjective
unmockingly, adverb
Synonyms
1. deride; taunt, flout, gibe; chaff, tease. See ridicule. 5. cheat, dupe, fool, mislead.
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Examples from the Web for mockingly
Historical Examples
  • Folk pointed at her mockingly, saying: "There goes she who is to restore France and the royal house."

  • I had expected him to be eager and, perhaps, mockingly triumphant.

    The Rise of Roscoe Paine Joseph C. Lincoln
  • "That, is always something to be going on with," said Mr. Dyce, mockingly.

    Bud Neil Munro
  • "I'm not aware that there are any towers for it to wave over," said Grenfell, mockingly.

    Luttrell Of Arran Charles James Lever
  • It seemed impossible that one form could so mockingly resemble another, and yet be so hopelessly someone else.

  • At times the landscape, mockingly beautiful, was white and bleak as January.

  • As mischievous Eros played one day with his bow and arrows, Apollo beheld him and spoke to him mockingly.

    A Book of Myths Jean Lang
  • Dowson was, let us say not mockingly, the boyish whimperer in song.

    Adventures in the Arts Marsden Hartley
  • “Then sop the watter up,” cried Kenneth mockingly, as a few gallons began to swirl about in the boat.

    Three Boys George Manville Fenn
  • All of the intruding feasters were now regarding Prescott mockingly.

British Dictionary definitions for mockingly

mock

/mɒk/
verb
1.
when intr, often foll by at. to behave with scorn or contempt (towards); show ridicule (for)
2.
(transitive) to imitate, esp in fun; mimic
3.
(transitive) to deceive, disappoint, or delude
4.
(transitive) to defy or frustrate: the team mocked the visitors' attempt to score
noun
5.
the act of mocking
6.
a person or thing mocked
7.
a counterfeit; imitation
8.
(often pl) (informal) (in England and Wales) the school examinations taken as practice before public examinations
adjective (prenominal)
9.
sham or counterfeit
10.
serving as an imitation or substitute, esp for practice purposes: a mock battle, mock finals
See also mock-up
Derived Forms
mockable, adjective
mocker, noun
mocking, noun, adjective
mockingly, adverb
Word Origin
C15: from Old French mocquer
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Word Origin and History for mockingly

mock

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.).

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