taunt

1 [tawnt, tahnt]
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:
1505–15; origin uncertain

taunter, noun
tauntingly, adverb
untaunted, adjective
untaunting, adjective
untauntingly, adverb


1. censure, upbraid, flout, insult. 2, 3. jeer. See ridicule. 3. scoff, derision, insult, censure, ridicule.
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taunt

2 [tawnt, tahnt]
adjective Nautical.
tall, as a mast.

Origin:
1490–1500; origin uncertain

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taunt1 (tɔːnt)
 
vb
1.  to provoke or deride with mockery, contempt, or criticism
2.  to tease; tantalize
 
n
3.  a jeering remark
4.  archaic the object of mockery
 
[C16: from French phrase tant pour tant like for like, rejoinder]
 
'taunter1
 
n
 
'taunting1
 
adj
 
'tauntingly1
 
adv

taunt2 (tɔːnt)
 
adj
nautical (of the mast or masts of a sailing vessel) unusually tall
 
[C15: of uncertain origin]

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taunt
1515, possibly from M.Fr. tanter, tenter "to tempt, try, provoke," variant of tempter "to try" (see tempt). Or from M.Fr. tant pour tant "so much for so much, tit for tat," on notion of "sarcastic rejoinder." The noun is attested from 1529.
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Example sentences
Civil rights protesters did not use violence nor did they obnoxiously taunt
  their presumed antagonists.
Labs are made for carrying around something and the parrot would taunt it
  constantly.
The only thing that surprises me is that nobody's thrown the eugenicist taunt
  at anybody yet.
When someone is mentally ill, you don't take it personally, and you don't taunt
  them back and mock them and gang up against them.
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