• WordNet 3.6
    • adj taunting abusing vocally; expressing contempt or ridicule "derisive laughter","a jeering crowd","her mocking smile","taunting shouts of `coward' and `sissy'"
    • n taunting 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.`
    • Taunting a. & n. from Taunt v. "Every kind of insolent and taunting reflection."
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  • Louis Nizer
    Louis Nizer
    “A graceful taunt is worth a thousand insults.”


In literature:

Never would he taunt Comrade with his dependence upon charity.
"The Dreamer" by Mary Newton Stanard
There was a passion in his voice, a deep contempt, a half taunt, a tremble of anger.
"The Courage of Marge O'Doone" by James Oliver Curwood
They had taunted him, had they?
"The Sport of the Gods" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
In it he taunted Mr. Turnbull with being a recreant to the people, of whom he called himself so often the champion.
"Phineas Finn" by Anthony Trollope
In nowise did Lieutenant Trevelyan receive so many taunts from his fellow officers as for habits of moderation.
"Lady Rosamond's Secret" by Rebecca Agatha Armour
They would not harm us, they taunted, pointing to the frost-silvered valley, where lay the dead of their morning crime.
"Heralds of Empire" by Agnes C. Laut
To such, Mary McAdam's request seemed a cruel jest, a taunt to drive him into the open.
"The Place Beyond the Winds" by Harriet T. Comstock
Stung by this taunt, Nick immediately scrambled to his feet.
"The Chums of Scranton High" by Donald Ferguson
They seemed to him a bit of Zoraida herself; they taunted him, they bore the message she sent.
"Daughter of the Sun" by Jackson Gregory
It was about this time that the lad was taunted with having no name.
"Little Journeys To The Homes Of Great Teachers" by Elbert Hubbard

In poetry:

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.
"To Revenita (07)" by Madge Morris Wagner
"Gae, tell your fause and taunting lord
To keep his feasts for them wha crave!--
I cam na here to grace his board,
His life, or her he's stown I'll have!
"The Pastoral, Or Lyric Muse Of Scotland. Canto Third. Dornock Ha'. A Ballad" by Hector MacNeill
'Give me thy heart,' he cried,
'To blow from sea to sea,
To fill with lonely fear,
To taunt with bitter glee;
Give me thy heart; I'll give
My song to thee.'
"March Wind" by Elizabeth Roberts MacDonald
"Above the harps and angel's songs I hear,
The demon's laugh, and taunting jeer;
Oh, comrade! brother! saint!
Pray for the tempted; oh, pray and do not faint!"
"The Legend of St. Bevon!" by Alice Coale Simpers
Go with your tauntings, go;
Neer think to hurt me so;
I'll scoff at your disdain.
Cold though the winter blow,
When hills are free from snow
It will be spring again.
"Approaching Night" by John Clare
Old Tangley Pond,— my boyhood's haunt,
My manhood's holiday rest,—
Let any that will my fondness taunt,
And mock while thus thy praise I chaunt,
Lull'd on thy tranquil breast.
"Tangley Pond" by Martin Farquhar Tupper

In news:

Author of taunting letters found but cleared of 1987 killings.
Bachelor EXCLUSIVE: Taunting Ali Was Part of Vienna's Winning Strategy.
Accused killer leaves taunting message.
Bostonian Whitney gets Super taunting .
The Fine Art of Taunting the Gamer.
A Hamden mother contacted News 8 after she got her hands on video showing her 3-year-old son being taunted at his day care center.
She says she can't help but wonder how many other times her son was taunted by his teacher that weren't captured on camera.
Roger Ailes biographer encounters third-rate online taunting.
Willis, teammates feed off of taunts, pull away early, improve to 7-0.
Drug suspect flushes detective's recorder, taunts: ' Tighten up on your job, homie'.
Remember the scene in "Witness" where the local bullies start taunting the Amish in their carts.
Churchill's Pub 33rd Anniversary Party, With Jacuzzi Boys, New Coke, the Cost, and Crucial Taunt.
Claims he was falsely arrested and endured gay taunts.
There is no place that is safe from the cruel words and taunting.
A community is on edge after a man allegedly exposed himself to young boys and then taunted them in the Coverstone area of Manassas.

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