- The definition of mock is something fake, or something arranged for practice.
- A knock-off of a designer purse is an example of a mock purse.
- A trial that is practice for the real trial is an example of a mock trial.
- Mock is to tease someone or make someone the object of scorn, or to mimic or imitate someone to get laughs or to insult the person.
- When you point out how silly and stupid someone's answer is, this is an example of when you mock the person.
- When you impersonate your teacher who you don't like in order to get laughs, this is an example of when you mock your teacher.
- to hold up to scorn or contempt; ridicule
- to imitate or mimic, as in fun or derision; burlesque
- to lead on and disappoint; deceive
- to defy and make futile; defeat: the impregnable fortress mocked the invaders
Origin of mockMiddle English mokken ; from Old French mocquer, to mock
- an act of mocking; jibe; sneer
- a person or thing receiving or deserving ridicule or derision
- an imitation or counterfeit
- sham; false; imitation; pretended: a mock battle
- of or designating a food that imitates another in some way: the filling of mock apple pie tastes as if it contains apples
verbmocked, mock·ing, mocks
- a. To treat with ridicule or contempt; deride: was mocked for contradicting himself; mocked her superficial understanding of the issues. See Synonyms at ridicule.b. To imitate in fun or derision: mocked his high-pitched voice.c. To mimic or resemble closely: a whistle that mocks the call of seabirds.
- a. To frustrate the hopes or intentions of: “The massive blister mocked my efforts” (Willie Morris).b. To cause to appear irrelevant, ineffectual, or impossible: “The Depression mocked the Puritan assumption that failure in life was the wages of sin when even the hardest-working, most pious husbands began to lose hope” (Walter McDougall).
- The act of mocking.
- An object of scorn or derision: became the mock of his associates.
Origin of mockMiddle English mokken, from Old French mocquer.
(third-person singular simple present mocks, present participle mocking, simple past and past participle mocked)
From Middle English mokken, from Middle French mocquer (“to deride, jeer"), from Middle Dutch mocken (“to mumble") or Middle Low German mucken (“to grumble, talk with the mouth half-opened"), both from Old Saxon *mokkian, *mukkian (“to low, mumble"), from Proto-Germanic *mukkijanÄ…, *mÅ«hanÄ… (“to low, bellow, shout"), from Proto-Indo-European *mÅ«g-, *mÅ«k- (“to low, mumble"). Cognate with Old High German firmucken (“to be stupid"), Modern German mucksen (“to utter a word"), Dutch dialectal mokkel (“kiss").