- 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 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: mock mincemeat
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 (â€œto deride, jeerâ€), from Middle Dutch mocken (â€œto mumbleâ€) or Middle Low German mucken (â€œto grumble, talk with the mouth half-openedâ€), both from Old Saxon *mokkian, *mukkian (â€œto low, mumbleâ€), from Proto-Germanic *mukkijanÄ…, *mÅ«hanÄ… (â€œto low, bellow, shoutâ€), from Proto-Indo-European *mÅ«g-, *mÅ«k- (â€œto low, mumbleâ€). Cognate with Old High German firmucken (â€œto be stupidâ€), Modern German mucksen (â€œto utter a wordâ€), Dutch dialectal mokkel (â€œkissâ€).