Definitions for taunttɔnt, tɑnt
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
to reproach in a sarcastic or insulting manner; mock.
to provoke by taunts; twit.
(n.)a scornful or sarcastic reproach or challenge; gibe; insult.
* Syn: See ridicule.
Origin of taunt:
1505–15; orig. uncert.
tall, as a mast.
Category: Nautical, Navy
Origin of taunt:
twit, taunt, taunting(verb)
aggravation by deriding or mocking or criticizing
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"
A scornful or mocking remark; a jeer or mockery
to make fun of (someone); to goad (a person) into responding, often in an aggressive manner.
very high or tall; as, a ship with taunt masts
to reproach with severe or insulting words; to revile; to upbraid; to jeer at; to flout
upbraiding language; bitter or sarcastic reproach; insulting invective
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.
- مُلاحَظات ساخِرَهArabic
- zombariaPortuguese (BR)
- der HohnGerman
- mobning; hånDanish
- σκληρό πείραγμαGreek
- mofa, burla; insultoSpanish
- متلک؛ کنایهFarsi
- הֶעָרָה פּוֹגַעַתHebrew
- ruganje, ismijavanjeCroatian
- gúnyos megjegyzésHungarian
- spott, háðsglósurIcelandic
- izsmiekls; aizskaroša piezīmeLatvian
- hånlig bemerkning, stikkNorwegian
- urąganie, naigrywanie sięPolish
- zeflemea, batjocurăRomanian
- glåpord, gliring, pikSwedish
- 嘲笑Chinese (Trad.)
- ущипливе глузування, уїдливістьUkrainian
- طعنہ، پھبکيUrdu
- lời mắng nhiếcVietnamese
- 嘲笑Chinese (Simp.)
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