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taunt 1

 (tônt)
tr.v. taunt·ed, taunt·ing, taunts
1. To reproach in a mocking, insulting, or contemptuous manner: taunted her for wearing hand-me-down clothes. See Synonyms at ridicule.
2.
a. To drive or incite (a person) by taunting: His friends taunted him into asking for a raise.
b. To tease and excite sexually: taunted him with glimpses of skin.
n.
A scornful remark; a jeer.

[Origin unknown.]

taunt′er n.
taunt′ing·ly adv.

taunt 2

 (tônt)
adj. Nautical
Unusually tall. Used of masts.

[Origin unknown.]

taunt

(tɔːnt)
vb (tr)
1. to provoke or deride with mockery, contempt, or criticism
2. to tease; tantalize
n
3. a jeering remark
4. archaic the object of mockery
[C16: from French phrase tant pour tant like for like, rejoinder]
ˈtaunter n
ˈtaunting adj
ˈtauntingly adv

taunt

(tɔːnt)
adj
(Nautical Terms) nautical (of the mast or masts of a sailing vessel) unusually tall
[C15: of uncertain origin]

taunt1

(tɔnt, tɑnt)

v.t.
1. to reproach in a sarcastic or insulting manner; mock.
2. to provoke by taunts; twit.
n.
3. a scornful or sarcastic reproach or challenge; gibe; insult.
[1505–15; orig. uncertain]
taunt′er, n.
taunt′ing•ly, adv.
syn: See ridicule.

taunt2

(tɔnt, tɑnt)

adj. Naut.
tall, as a mast.
[1490–1500]

taunt


Past participle: taunted
Gerund: taunting

Imperative
taunt
taunt
Present
I taunt
you taunt
he/she/it taunts
we taunt
you taunt
they taunt
Preterite
I taunted
you taunted
he/she/it taunted
we taunted
you taunted
they taunted
Present Continuous
I am taunting
you are taunting
he/she/it is taunting
we are taunting
you are taunting
they are taunting
Present Perfect
I have taunted
you have taunted
he/she/it has taunted
we have taunted
you have taunted
they have taunted
Past Continuous
I was taunting
you were taunting
he/she/it was taunting
we were taunting
you were taunting
they were taunting
Past Perfect
I had taunted
you had taunted
he/she/it had taunted
we had taunted
you had taunted
they had taunted
Future
I will taunt
you will taunt
he/she/it will taunt
we will taunt
you will taunt
they will taunt
Future Perfect
I will have taunted
you will have taunted
he/she/it will have taunted
we will have taunted
you will have taunted
they will have taunted
Future Continuous
I will be taunting
you will be taunting
he/she/it will be taunting
we will be taunting
you will be taunting
they will be taunting
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been taunting
you have been taunting
he/she/it has been taunting
we have been taunting
you have been taunting
they have been taunting
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been taunting
you will have been taunting
he/she/it will have been taunting
we will have been taunting
you will have been taunting
they will have been taunting
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been taunting
you had been taunting
he/she/it had been taunting
we had been taunting
you had been taunting
they had been taunting
Conditional
I would taunt
you would taunt
he/she/it would taunt
we would taunt
you would taunt
they would taunt
Past Conditional
I would have taunted
you would have taunted
he/she/it would have taunted
we would have taunted
you would have taunted
they would have taunted
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.taunt - aggravation by deriding or mocking or criticizingtaunt - aggravation by deriding or mocking or criticizing
provocation, aggravation, irritation - unfriendly behavior that causes anger or resentment
Verb1.taunt - harass with persistent criticism or carpingtaunt - 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"
bemock, mock - treat with contempt; "The new constitution mocks all democratic principles"
jeer, scoff, flout, gibe, barrack - laugh at with contempt and derision; "The crowd jeered at the speaker"
banter, chaff, jolly, josh, kid - be silly or tease one another; "After we relaxed, we just kidded around"

taunt

verb
1. jeer, mock, tease, ridicule, provoke, insult, torment, sneer, deride, revile, twit, take the piss (out of) (taboo slang), guy (informal), gibe Other youths taunted him about his clothes.
noun
1. jeer, dig, insult, ridicule, cut, teasing, provocation, barb, derision, sarcasm, gibe For years they suffered racist taunts.

taunt

verb
To torment with persistent insult or ridicule:
Informal: needle, ride.
Idiom: wave the red flag in front of the bull.
noun
1. An instance of mockery or derision:
2. Good-natured teasing:
Informal: ribbing.
Translations
مُلاحَظات ساخِرَهيَسْخَر من، يَنْتَقِد بطَريقَةٍ ساخِرَه
posmívat sevýsměch
hånhånemobbemobning
pilkatapilkka
gúnyos megjegyzés
spott, háîsglósurspotta, stríîa
patyčiatyčiotis iš
aizskaroša piezīmeizsmieklsizsmiet
alayalay etmekiğnelemeksataşmak

taunt

[tɔːnt]
A. N (= jeer) → pulla f, mofa f; (= insult) → insulto m
B. VT (= jeer at) → mofarse de; (= insult) → insultar
to taunt sb (with sth)mofarse de algn (por algo)

taunt

[ˈtɔːnt]
nmoquerie f
vtnarguer
to taunt sb with sth → narguer qn avec qch
He taunted her with details of her personal life → Il la narguait avec des détails de sa vie personnelle.
to taunt sb about sth → narguer qn à propos de qch
They were taunting me about my weight → Ils me narguaient à propos de ma taille.

taunt

nSpöttelei f, → höhnische Bemerkung; he paid no attention to their taunts of “traitor”er kümmerte sich nicht darum, dass sie ihn als Verräter verhöhnten
vt personverspotten, aufziehen (inf)(about wegen); to taunt somebody with racial abusejdn mit rassistischen Beschimpfungen verhöhnen

taunt

[tɔːnt]
1. nscherno
2. vt to taunt sb (with)schernire qn (per)

taunt

(toːnt) verb
to tease, or say unpleasant things to (a person) in a cruel way. The children at school taunted him for being dirty.
noun
cruel, unpleasant remarks. He did not seem to notice their taunts.
ˈtaunting adjective
ˈtauntingly adverb
References in classic literature ?
A BOSS who had gone to Canada was taunted by a Citizen of Montreal with having fled to avoid prosecution.
He has been taunted more than once about the Diamond, by those who recollect his angry outbreak before the assault; but, as may easily be imagined, his own remembrance of the circumstances under which I surprised him in the armoury has been enough to keep him silent.
Defoe never went to college, and because of this many a time in later days his enemies taunted him with being ignorant and unlearned.
He drew the listening savages round him by his nervous eloquence; taunted them with recitals of past wrongs and insults; drew glowing pictures of triumphs and trophies within their reach; recounted tales of daring and romantic enterprise, of secret marchings, covert lurkings, midnight surprisals, sackings, burnings, plunderings, scalpings; together with the triumphant return, and the feasting and rejoicing of the victors.
There was nothing but dead twigs and branches at hand, but these he flung at the upturned, snarling face of Sabor just as his father had before him twenty years ago, when as a boy he too had taunted and tantalized the great cats of the jungle.
ISLAMABAD -- Taking strong exception to controversial statement of Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry regarding end of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) government in Sindh, Saeed Ghani on Sunday taunted that Niazi [Prime Minister Imran Khan] surrenders before those who openly hurled abusive remarks at judiciary and Pakistan Army.
Congress tweet taunting Modi's relations with Sharif comes a day after Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan, in a similar style, taunted Sharif over his 'friendship' with Modi.
The Philippine National Police 'should feel challenged, if not taunted,' said Lacson, who headed the PNP during the Estrada administration.
However, the man taunted her, saying, "This is not a ladies' compartment."
ISLAMABAD -- Leader of the Opposition in National Assembly Khurshid Shah on Thursday taunted the Prime Minister saying that it is saddening to see no good hospitals have been built during PML-N tenure as Nawaz Sharif has to go abroad for treatment.
Oakland Raiders linebacker Ray-Ray Armstrong is said to have taunted the animal, called Bandit, after leaving the locker room before a game on Sunday.
Police have condemned members of the public who taunted a distressed woman as negotiators tried to save her life by talking her down from a bridge.