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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

taunt*tɔnt, tɑnt(v.t.)

  1. to reproach in a sarcastic or insulting manner; mock.

  2. to provoke by taunts; twit.

  3. (n.)a scornful or sarcastic reproach or challenge; gibe; insult.

* Syn: See ridicule.

Origin of taunt:

1505–15; orig. uncert.


taunt*tɔnt, tɑnt(adj.)

  1. tall, as a mast.

    Category: Nautical, Navy

* Naut..

Origin of taunt:


Princeton's WordNet

  1. twit, taunt, taunting(verb)

    aggravation by deriding or mocking or criticizing

  2. tease, razz, rag, cod, tantalize, tantalise, bait, taunt, twit, rally, ride(verb)

    harass with persistent criticism or carping

    "The children teased the new teacher"; "Don't ride me so hard over my failure"; "His fellow workers razzed him when he wore a jacket and tie"


  1. taunt(Noun)

    A scornful or mocking remark; a jeer or mockery

  2. taunt(Verb)

    to make fun of (someone); to goad (a person) into responding, often in an aggressive manner.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Taunt(adj)

    very high or tall; as, a ship with taunt masts

  2. Taunt(verb)

    to reproach with severe or insulting words; to revile; to upbraid; to jeer at; to flout

  3. Taunt(noun)

    upbraiding language; bitter or sarcastic reproach; insulting invective


  1. Taunting

    A taunt is a battle cry, a method in hand-to-hand combat, sarcastic remark, gesture, or insult intended to demoralize the recipient, or to anger them and encourage reactionary behaviors without thinking. Taunting can exist as a form of social competition to gain control of the target's cultural capital. In sociological theory, the control of the three social capitals is used to produce an advantage in the social hierarchy as to enforce one's own position in relation to others. Taunting is committed by either directly, or indirectly encouraging others to taunt the target. The target may give a response in kind to maintain status, as in fighting words and trash-talk. Taunts are also a genre of folklore.

Translations for taunt

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


cruel, unpleasant remarks

He did not seem to notice their taunts.

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