Not a man present, believer or scoffer, but breathed a silent prayer.
I am delighted to testify to these things, because I had formerly been a scoffer.
Now I'm going to play safe and make myself very, very wise on some subjects regarding which I've been a bit of a scoffer.
We know truth when we see it, let skeptic and scoffer say what they choose.
It would never do for the scoffer to become a convert openly and at once.
Said I was a scoffer and an infidel and didn't know anything about Scripture! '
When his health was good and his spirits high he was a scoffer.
"You are a scoffer," the other reproached him, and his rascally face was oddly grave.
A brave man, who is not a scoffer, attacks the doctrine of non-resistance, and lays down his life for the faith that is in him.
It remains to say that he was not disposed, being a sceptic and a scoffer.
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.)).
Food: Beef heart is their favorite scoff (1846+)
[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]