• WordNet 3.6
    • v taunt harass with persistent criticism or carping "The children teased the new teacher","Don't ride me so hard over my failure","His fellow workers razzed him when he wore a jacket and tie"
    • n taunt aggravation by deriding or mocking or criticizing
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The red capes used to taunt bulls in bullfights is the same shade of red as the bull's blood. That way you can't tell it is covered with the bull's blood by the end of the fight. Fight spectators like bullfighting, but not blood.`
    • v. t Taunt To reproach with severe or insulting words; to revile; to upbraid; to jeer at; to flout. "When I had at my pleasure taunted her."
    • n Taunt Upbraiding language; bitter or sarcastic reproach; insulting invective. "With scoffs, and scorns, and contemelious taunts .""With sacrilegious taunt and impious jest."
    • a Taunt (Naut) Very high or tall; as, a ship with taunt masts.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • taunt Originally, to tease; rally; later, to tease spitefully; reproach or upbraid with severe or insulting words, or by casting something in one's teeth; twit scornfully or insultingly.
    • taunt To censure, blame, or condemn for in a reproachful, scornful, or insulting manner; cast up; twit with: with a thing as object.
    • taunt Synonyms Ridicule, Chaff, Deride, Mock, Upbraid, Taunt, Flout, Twit. We may ridicule or chaff from mere sportiveness; we may ridicule, or upbraid with a reformatory purpose; the other words represent, and all may represent, an act that is unkind. All except mock imply the use of words. As to ridicule, see ludicrous, and banter, v. and n. Chaff, which is still somewhat colloquial, means to make fun of or tease, kindly or unkindly, by light, ironical, or satirical remarks or questions. Deride expresses a hard and contemptuous feeling: “derision is ill-humored and scornful; it is anger wearing the mask of ridicule” (C. J. Smith, Syn. Disc., p. 667). It is not always so severe as this quotation makes it. Mock in its strongest sense expresses the next degree beyond derision, but with less pretense of mirth (see imitate). We upbraid a person in the hope of making him feel his guilt and mend his ways, or for the relief that our feelings find in expression; the word is one degree weaker than taunt. To taunt is to press upon a person certain facts or accusations of a reproachful character unsparingly, for the purpose of annoying or shaming, and glorying in the effect of the insulting words: as, to taunt one with his failure. To flout, or flout at, is to mock or insult with energy or abruptness; flout is the strongest of these words. To twit is to taunt over small matters, or in a small way; twit bears the relation of a diminutive to taunt.
    • n taunt Upbraiding words; bitter or sarcastic reproach; insulting invective.
    • n taunt An object of reproach; an opprobrium.
    • n taunt Synonyms See taunt, transitive verb
    • taunt Nautical, high or tall: an epithet particularly noting masts of unusual height.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Taunt tawnt to reproach or upbraid with severe or insulting words: to censure sarcastically
    • n Taunt upbraiding, sarcastic, or insulting words: a bitter reproach
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  • Louis Nizer
    Louis Nizer
    “A graceful taunt is worth a thousand insults.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. OF. tant, so great, F. tant, so much, L. tantus, of such size, so great, so much


In literature:

For the sake of that kindness she uncomplainingly endured all the cruel taunts of envious companions.
"Japanese Literature" by Various
And the pert taunt could sting even this child of light!
"The Young Duke" by Benjamin Disraeli
They taunted Mr. Adams with the opinion, as if merely to say that he held it was to damn him to everlasting infamy.
"John Quincy Adams" by John. T. Morse
Sergius grew crimson under the taunting voice and the little, shifty eyes.
"The Lion's Brood" by Duffield Osborne
Far up the road she heard among them taunting laughter and jeers, and she rose quickly.
"In Happy Valley" by John Fox
Jerome mocked and taunted me into a fine rage, which he deftly pacified in wonderment at himself.
"The Black Wolf's Breed" by Harris Dickson
And it is hard that the first greeting of one so well loved as you should be a taunt.
"Continental Monthly , Vol. 6, No. 1, July, 1864" by Various
This last taunt was a sore one for the young Parretts.
"The Willoughby Captains" by Talbot Baines Reed
She had a suspicious look about her, unusually square yards, taunt and raking masts, and low black hull.
"The Three Lieutenants" by W.H.G. Kingston
Perhaps I said too much; I'm hot-tempered, I know; never mind my taunt, John.
"Gilian The Dreamer" by Neil Munro

In poetry:

The moon, alone,
Taunts me from the heavens
With memories of you;
Should you feel the same, then
Our hearts would be as one
"The moon, alone" by Saigyo
Think not I come to taunt the dead.
My earliest master still is dear;
And what few tears I have to shed,
Are gathering here.
"Off Mesolongi" by Alfred Austin
Let our foes still rain upon me
Cruel wrongs and taunting scorn;
'Tis for thee their hate pursues me,
And for thee, it shall be borne!
"Power of Love" by Anne Bronte
'Beggars now, alas! wha lately
Helpt the beggar and the poor!'
'Fye! gudeman!' cried ane discreetly,
'Taunt nae poortith at our door.'
"The Waes O' War : Or The Upshot Of The History O' Will And Jean. In Four Parts" by Hector MacNeill
O, in the hush of midnight's hour,
How oft from taunting dreams I start,
To find thee but a fancy flower--
Thou cherished idol of my heart.
"Mystery Of Carmel" by Madge Morris Wagner
"They are the gods," one said--"the gods whom men
Still taunt with wails for help."--Then a deep light
Upbore me from the Gulf, and thro' its might
I heard the worlds cry, "God alone is God!"
"The Dead Gods" by Cale Young Rice

In news:

Alone in an elevator with a dog, he kicks the dog 6 times in ten seconds, taunts the dog and slaps it in its mouth.
Like taunting an opponent, it is not enough to show your superiority on the playing field.
He was a shocking figure to be sure, and yesterday marked the anniversary of his arrest in New Haven on December 9, 1967 for taunting a cop who had maced him before the show.
Team banned over homophobic taunts.
Racial Taunts Aimed At Her Could Happen Anywhere .
He struggled through rampant homophobic taunts and other harassment at the hands of his peers after coming out as bisexual .
That Ridley Scott is such a rascal — always taunting us with information on sequels that may or may not happen, but where there's money, there's a way, and he's talking up those 'Prometheus' and ' Blade Runner' sequels again.
Laguna Heights man jailed for taunting, hitting overweight child .
A Laguna Heights man is being bars after he allegedly taunted and hit an overweight child at a local park.
It taunts and teases as it pulls a tear, and tries its best to give you that warm all over glow.
TAUNTING and aggressive teasing have long been seen as disagreeable rites of adolescence, until a string of suicides by bullied students raised awareness of the destructive consequences.
Drug suspect flushes detective 's recorder, taunts: 'Tighten up on your job, homie'.
Why taunting overweight people is not funny .
Mettenberger taunts Alabama fans with cellphone gesture (GIF).
Mettenberger taunts Alabama fans with cellphone gesture ( GIF ).

In science:

The integration of different software components of Web-based applications is a taunting task.
Quality Assurance And Integration Testing Aspects In Web Based Applications