Taunt definition

tônt
To reproach in a mocking, insulting, or contemptuous manner.

Taunted her for wearing hand-me-down clothes.

verb
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Unusually tall. Used of masts.
adjective
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3
To reproach in scornful or sarcastic language; jeer at; mock.
verb
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A scornful or jeering remark; gibe.
noun
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Very tall.
adjective
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5
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A scornful remark; a jeer.
noun
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To drive or provoke (a person) by taunting.
verb
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To taunt is to tease, insult or antagonize someone by deliberately saying or doing something mean.

An example of taunt is when a school bully yells mean things at another child.

verb
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The definition of a taunt is a cruel or teasing remark.

An example of a taunt is when someone is called ugly.

noun
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(nautical) Very high or tall.

A ship with taunt masts.

adjective
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To drive or incite (a person) by taunting.

His friends taunted him into asking for a raise.

verb
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To make fun of (someone); to goad (a person) into responding, often in an aggressive manner.
verb
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noun
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To tease and excite sexually.

Taunted him with glimpses of skin.

verb
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
taunt
Plural:
taunts

Origin of taunt

  • Origin unknown

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Origin unknown

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Compare Old French tant (“so great"), French tant (“so much"), Latin tantus (“of such size, so great, so much"). See ataunt.

    From Wiktionary