Scoff (?; 115), n. [OE. scof; akin to OFries. schof, OHG. scoph, Icel. skaup, and perh. to E. shove.]


Derision; ridicule; mockery; derisive or mocking expression of scorn, contempt, or reproach.

With scoffs, and scorns, and contumelious taunts. Shak.


An object of scorn, mockery, or derision.

The scoff of withered age and beardless youth. Cowper.


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Scoff, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Scoffed (?; 115); p. pr. & vb. n. Scoffing.] [Cf. Dan. skuffe to deceive, delude, Icel. skopa to scoff, OD. schoppen. See Scoff, n.]

To show insolent ridicule or mockery; to manifest contempt by derisive acts or language; -- often with at.

Thuth from his lips prevailed with double sway, And fools who came to scoff, remained to pray. Goldsmith.

Syn. -- To sneer; mock; gibe; jeer. See Sneer.


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Scoff, v. t.

To treat or address with derision; to assail scornfully; to mock at.

To scoff religion is ridiculously proud and immodest. Glanwill.


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