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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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