Definition of mock in English:

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Pronunciation: /mäk/


[with object]
1Tease or laugh at in a scornful or contemptuous manner: he mocks them as Washington insiders
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  • We laughed, we mocked, we teased, we made fun of each other, we made fun of strangers.
  • Later, he had party members laughing as he mocked the premier's economic recovery plan.
  • I worked in talkback radio for several years and when the microphone is off, people like him are openly mocked and laughed at by the hosts.
ridicule, jeer at, sneer at, deride, scorn, make fun of, laugh at, scoff at, tease, taunt
informal josh, rag on, pull/jerk/yank someone's chain
1.1Make (something) seem laughably unreal or impossible: at Christmas, arguments and friction mock our pretense of peace
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  • But if the past is any guide, the left will succeed once again in blocking the nomination of a minority judicial candidate whose success mocks their mantra that minorities can't make it in America.
  • It mocks principles of justice, including basic norms of fairness, as well the underlying basis of contract law, which is the orderly regulation and development of commercial life.
  • This is the time to decide whether this country and, by logical extension, the fate of the world should be in the hands of a leader whose essential mode of governance mocks the ideals of a free society.
1.2Mimic (someone or something) scornfully or contemptuously.
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  • When he looked up, he saw Kerna mocking him, imitating a woman drinking tea on the same log before the thicket.
  • I mimicked the innocent grin she displayed herself moments ago, mocking her now displeased demeanor.
  • The children burst out laughing when she mocked the way some people took food, comparing it to the cows chewing its cud.
parody, ape, take off, satirize, lampoon, imitate, impersonate, mimic
informal send up


1Not authentic or real, but without the intention to deceive: a mock-Georgian red brick house Jim threw up his hands in mock horror
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  • As the cop turns to leave, the punk's screams change from mock protest to real anger.
  • The mock smoking group showed higher accuracy after smoking a real cigarette than after mock smoking, however their response times remained unaffected.
  • We ate fish served with a salad and baked potatoes, followed by a dessert of real strawberries in mock cream (made up from powdered milk).
imitation, artificial, man-made, simulated, synthetic, ersatz, fake, reproduction, dummy, sham, false, faux, spurious, bogus, counterfeit, inauthentic, pseudo
informal pretend, phony
1.1(Of an examination, battle, etc.) arranged for training or practice, or performed as a demonstration: Dukakis will have a mock debate with Barnett
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  • Last month re-enactors staged a mock battle at the site, as a testing ground before the full festival on September 23 and 24 next year.
  • Various re-enactment groups, from Vikings to 20th century, will liven up the event with mock battles and drills.
  • This video is funny, like the guys on donkeys, but becomes chilling as the children engage in their mock battle.


dated An object of derision: he has become the mock of all his contemporaries



Example sentences
  • Even some of the most easily mockable aspects of business life - meetings to plan for meetings, mission statements, presentation slides, to name but three - are not complete jokes.
  • This insular satire, this xenophobic comedy, said that foreigners, insofar as it recognized them, are funny, mockable for the sin of deviating from the white, English norm.
  • Rather than finding quotes that are genuinely worth mocking, the author feels the pressure to find something from his target, and the bar for what's mockable necessarily gets lowered.


Late Middle English: from Old French mocquer 'deride'.

Words that rhyme with mock

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