“People were telling horrendous stories and he was laughing in his box and scoffing,” she says.
"He's not coming home to-night," said a woman's voice behind me, in a scoffing tone.
Miss Howes scoffed, it is true, but the scoffing was not convincing.
scoffing critics called it, with reason, a “Newgate tragedy,” but it proved extremely popular on the stage.
How then will scoffing readers scape this marke of a maledizant?
She knew of these instructions, and every day was wont to cause false alarms, scoffing at her custodians and their lack of care.
But all this looks either like preaching or scoffing, and it is neither.
You have lived a scoffing infidel,—and a scoffing infidel will you die.
Pythias once, scoffing at Demosthenes, said that his arguments smelt of the lamp.
There is no single word of scoffing or disrespect for religion, no slur upon it whatsoever.
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]