scoff at

scoff

1 [skawf, skof]
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:
1300–50; Middle English scof; origin uncertain, but compare Old Norse skopa to scorn

scoffer, noun
scoffingly, adverb


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.


3. praise.
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scoff1 (skɒf)
 
vb (often foll by at)
1.  to speak contemptuously (about); express derision (for); mock
2.  obsolete (tr) to regard with derision
 
n
3.  an expression of derision
4.  an object of derision
 
[C14: probably from Scandinavian; compare Old Frisian skof mockery, Danish skof, skuf jest]
 
'scoffer1
 
n
 
'scoffing1
 
adj
 
'scoffingly1
 
adv

scoff2 (skɒf)
 
vb
1.  to eat (food) fast and greedily; devour
 
n
2.  food or rations
 
[C19: variant of scaff food; related to Afrikaans, Dutch schoft quarter of the day, one of the four daily meals]

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scoff
c.1380, earlier as a noun, "contemptuous ridicule" (c.1300), from a Scand. source, cf. O.N. skaup, skop "mockery," M.Dan. skof "jest, mockery;" perhaps from P.Gmc. *skub-, *skuf- (cf. O.E. scop "poet," O.H.G. scoph "fiction, sport, jest, derision;" see scold), from PIE *skeub- "to shove."
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