- A remark made in order to anger, wound, or provoke someone: pupils will play truant rather than face the taunts of classmates about their ragged clothesMore example sentences
- The fact that there was perhaps some justification to the taunts of the veterans angered him.
- And Stine just kept right on provoking him with taunts and derision.
- Throughout his high school years in the nearby town of Bay Minette, he weathered the taunts and teases of classmates for being gay.
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- 1Provoke or challenge (someone) with insulting remarks: pupils began taunting her about her weight (as adjective taunting) taunting commentsMore example sentences
- When he finally made it to the stage to alternately flip his hair and continue sneering, he began taunting the crowd and encouraging them to pump their fists - then the sound promptly gave out.
- The seven man, five woman jury rejected a call to convict him of manslaughter on the grounds of his claims that he was provoked by his wife taunting him about affairs.
- The last thing we want is to put ourselves in the position where he is taunted or provoked and reacts again.
- 1.1Reproach (someone) with something in a contemptuous way: she had taunted him with going to another manMore example sentences
- True, not everybody loves her; there are some who taunt her with sarcastic parodies, bilious caricatures, and scathing articles.
- They knew this as well, so they taunted me with their sharp swords and barbed words.
- He loathes food critics, loves a fight and taunts women with his arrogance and charm.
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- Some officers try to talk sense into the taunters.
- They will be aided in their dark deed by the union of circus clowns, who, beneath their veneer of jollity, are brutal and merciless taunters of the innocent.
- Ed responded to my message with all the wit of a schoolyard taunter (I refer interested parties to his blog for the full exchange) complete with schoolyard back up.
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- But the common man has begun to realize that the overbearing sight of security personnel, looking tauntingly at the average citizen, is done at the public's cost.
- I thought I saw them collectively turn their floppy heads tauntingly in my direction.
- Then he said, tauntingly, ‘I see you still carry that stick everywhere, and, do my eyes deceive me?’
early 16th century: from French tant pour tant 'like for like, tit for tat', from tant 'so much', from Latin tantum, neuter of tantus. An early use of the verb was 'exchange banter'.