scoff

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v scoff treat with contemptuous disregard "flout the rules"
    • v scoff laugh at with contempt and derision "The crowd jeered at the speaker"
    • n scoff showing your contempt by derision
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Scoff An object of scorn, mockery, or derision. "The scoff of withered age and beardless youth."
    • Scoff Derision; ridicule; mockery; derisive or mocking expression of scorn, contempt, or reproach. "With scoffs , and scorns, and contumelious taunts."
    • v. i Scoff To show insolent ridicule or mockery; to manifest contempt by derisive acts or language; -- often with at. "Truth from his lips prevailed with double sway,
      And fools who came to scoff , remained to pray."
      "God's better gift they scoff at and refuse."
    • v. t Scoff To treat or address with derision; to assail scornfully; to mock at. "To scoff religion is ridiculously proud and immodest."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n scoff An expression of contempt, derision, or mocking scorn; a taunt; a gibe; a flout.
    • n scoff An object of scoffing or scorn; a mark for derision; a butt.
    • scoff To speak jeeringly or derisively; manifest mockery, derision, or ridicule; utter contemptuous or taunting language; mock; deride: generally with at before the object.
    • scoff Synonyms Gibe, Jeer, etc. See sneer.
    • scoff To treat with derision or scorn; mock at; ridicule; deride.
    • scoff To eat hastily; devour.
    • n scoff Food; “grub.”
    • scoff To steal; carry off.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Scoff skof to mock: to treat with scorn
    • v.i Scoff to show contempt or scorn: to deride, taunt, gibe
    • n Scoff an expression of scorn or contempt: an object of scoffing
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Quotations

  • Thomas Edward Brown
    Thomas Edward Brown
    “The vices we scoff at in others, laugh at us within ourselves.”
  • Oliver Goldsmith
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    “Truth from his lips prevailed with double sway, and fools, who came to scoff, remained to pray.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. scof,; akin to OFries. schof, OHG. scoph, Icel. skaup, and perh. to E. shove,

Usage

In literature:

Andy was the scoff of Persimmon Ridge.
"The Young Mountaineers" by Charles Egbert Craddock
If he changed about he must endure the scoffs and reproaches of his former companions.
"The Kentucky Ranger" by Edward T. Curnick
The superstition of science scoffs at the superstition of faith.
"Short Studies on Great Subjects" by James Anthony Froude
Meeting him in his triumph, she rebukes him for murdering her lover, scoffs at his "patriotism," and Publius kills her.
"Character Sketches of Romance, Fiction and the Drama" by E. Cobham Brewer
We chose to scoff at an excellence that insulted us.
"By the Christmas Fire" by Samuel McChord Crothers
My readers may scoff when I tell them that at the end of a fortnight I felt like running away.
"Boycotted" by Talbot Baines Reed
Oh my, William, it is all very well for you to scoff.
"The Master of the Shell" by Talbot Baines Reed
They might have known you'd scoff.
"A College Girl" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
They never scoff at human suffering in any form, however fond they may be of the savage ferocity of the bull-fight.
"The International Monthly Magazine, Volume 1, No. 1, August 1850" by Various
All his first attempts were nearly drowned by the hisses, jeers, and scoffs of his audiences.
"Architects of Fate" by Orison Swett Marden
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In poetry:

'Take the sour
If you take me
I can scoff and lour
And scold for an hour.'
"That's certainly the case,' said he.
"Crazy Jane On The Day Of Judgment" by William Butler Yeats
She knows if woman stands aloft,
The wicked men will scorn and scoff,
And yet when they desire betroth—
She charms them.
"The Model Girl" by Frank Barbour Coffin
Strengthened by Thee we forward go,
'Mid smile or scoff of friend or foe,
Through pain or ease, through joy or woe,
We follow Thee.
"Through Good Report and Evil, Lord" by Horatius Bonar
They bow their knees to me, and cry, Hail king:
What ever scoffes or scornfulnesse can bring,
I am the floore, the sink, where they it fling:
Was ever grief like mine?
"The Sacrifice" by George Herbert
But thou, because thou hear'st
Men scoff at Heaven and Fate;
Because the gods thou fear'st
Fail to make blest thy state,
Tremblest, and wilt not dare to trust the joys there are.
"From the Hymn of Empedocles" by Matthew Arnold
And I, who thought to scoff, and had so planned,
I took Love’s fevered arm,
And felt Pain’s breath.
I took Love’s hand,
And kissed its shining palm,
And saw beyond the silent face of Death.
"Acceptance" by Leon Gellert

In news:

Minerva Orduño's day (more night, in this case) job is nothing to scoff at — she's a line cook at FnB, one of our favorite restaurants.
NYT reporter scoffs at Hill staffer's ' background ' stipulation.
Singer scoffs at the GOP hopeful during Brooklyn concert.
Bill Murray scoffs at doubt as FDR in 'Hyde Park on Hudson'.
Now as he apologizes for a police shooting of a US Embassy vehicle, citizens scoff at the very notion.
Edwards says he's well aware that many experts consider dyslexia a problem of language processing, not of vision, and that they tend to scoff at the notion that tinted lenses could help dyslexic people read.
And he scoffs, "I want to know how many acres they've saved in the last few years".
Police superintendent scoff at brutality reports.
Somewhere Steve Nash scoffs in Bibby's direction.
Tavarres King scoffs at the idea Georgia players could have difficulty playing with the same intensity in today's game against Mississippi that they showed in last week's upset of then-No.
DMX Scoffs at Drake, Praises Machine Gun Kelly While Talking Up New Album.
Many folks scoff when I suggest academic reputations and rankings will matter if the.
Melvin scoffs at notion that Brewers should trade a starter.
GM scoffs at speculation he would consider trading some of team's most effective pitchers.
While many may scoff at the idea, the reality is that tiny houses are in fact realistic and stylish.
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