Definitions for taunt
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word taunt.
twit, taunt, tauntingverb
aggravation by deriding or mocking or criticizing
tease, razz, rag, cod, tantalize, tantalise, bait, taunt, twit, rally, rideverb
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.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Insult; scoff; reproach; ridicule.
Etymology: from the verb.
With scoffs and scorns, and contumelious taunts,
In open market-place produc’d they me,
To be a publick spectacle. William Shakespeare, Henry VI.
He would avoid such bitter taunts,
As in the time of death he gave our father. William Shakespeare.
Julian thought it more effectual to persecute the Christians by taunts and ironies, than by tortures. Gov. of the Tongue.
He by vile hands to common use debas’d,
Shall send them flowing round his drunken feast,
With sacrilegious taunt, and impious jest. Matthew Prior.
Etymology: tanser, Fr. Stephen Skinner Tanden, Dutch, to shew teeth. Minshew.
When I had at my pleasure taunted her,
She in mild terms begg’d my patience. William Shakespeare.
The bitterness and stings of taunting jealousy,
Vexatious days, and jarring joyless nights,
Have driv’n him forth. Nicholas Rowe, Jane Shore.
Rail thou in Fulvia’s phrase, and taunt my faults
With such full licence. William Shakespeare, Ant. and Cleopatra.
A taunt is a battle cry, 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 (i.e., status). In sociological theory, the control of the three social capitals is used to produce an advantage in the social hierarchy, so 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.
A taunt is a remark or comment intended to provoke, ridicule, mock, insult, or challenge someone, often aiming to incite anger, annoyance, or other strong reaction. It could also refer to an act of openly boasting or challenging someone in a mocking or insulting 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
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
tawnt, v.t. to reproach or upbraid with severe or insulting words: to censure sarcastically.—n. upbraiding, sarcastic, or insulting words: a bitter reproach.—n. Taunt′er.—adj. Taunt′ing.—adv. Taunt′ingly. [O. Fr. tanter—L. tentāre, to tempt.]
Dictionary of Nautical Terms
High or tall, commonly applied to very long masts.--All a taunto is a ship having all her light and long spars aloft.
Taut vs. Taunt -- In this Grammar.com article you will learn the differences between the words Taut and Taunt.
Surnames Frequency by Census Records
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Taunt is ranked #133863 in terms of the most common surnames in America.
The Taunt surname appeared 126 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Taunt.
99.2% or 125 total occurrences were White.
The numerical value of taunt in Chaldean Numerology is: 2
The numerical value of taunt in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4
It's been all about pressure and brinksmanship and military tools and tactics and chess something, and now to literally, directly taunt the leader of North Korea is like poking the hornet's nest yet again, if you do this kind of ratcheting (up) of rhetorical tensions but also sending military hardware into the region, if you do that absent of any kind of offramp or door or window for the North Koreans to consider walking through and reengaging in any sort of discussions, bad things are going to happen.
A vulnerability in an organization's IoT microcosm is a taunt to exploit by malicious hackers.
It's been all about pressure and brinksmanship and military tools and tactics and( chest-thumping), and now to literally, directly taunt the leader of North Korea is like poking the hornet's nest yet again.
A man's subconscious self is not the ideal companion. It lurks for the greater part of his life in some dark den of its own, hidden away, and emerges only to taunt and deride and increase the misery of a miserable hour.
If you are raped and decide to speak out, everybody in the village would taunt you, that's why most rape victims keep it secret as they don't want to be a laughing stock.
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- надсмивам се, подигравам сеBulgarian
- Stichelei, Spott, spöttische Bemerkung, verspotten, höhnische Bemerkung, hänseln, Spott treiben mitGerman
- κοροϊδεύω, σαρκάζω, χλευάζω, λοιδορώ, κοροϊδία, χλευασμός, λοιδορία, σαρκασμόςGreek
- mofa, mofarSpanish
- pilkata, pilkkaFinnish
- narguer, sarcasme, raillerieFrench
- gúnyolódás, kigúnyolHungarian
- smán, brigsl, brigsla, hæða, smána, hæðniIcelandic
- schernire, schernoItalian
- 모욕, 모욕하다, 조롱, 조롱하다Korean
- tāwai, taunuMāori
- schimpscheut, hekelenDutch
- nid, håne, hån, forhånelseNorwegian
- zombar, zombariaPortuguese
- насмехаться, колкостьRussian
- pika, häckla, glåpord, smäda, gliringSwedish
- iğnelemek, alay etmek, alay, sataşmakTurkish
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