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taunt 1

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.
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.
A scornful remark; a jeer.

[Origin unknown.]

taunt′er n.
taunt′ing·ly adv.

taunt 2

adj. Nautical
Unusually tall. Used of masts.

[Origin unknown.]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.taunting - aggravation by deriding or mocking or criticizingtaunting - aggravation by deriding or mocking or criticizing
provocation, aggravation, irritation - unfriendly behavior that causes anger or resentment
Adj.1.taunting - abusing vocallytaunting - abusing vocally; expressing contempt or ridicule; "derisive laughter"; "a jeering crowd"; "her mocking smile"; "taunting shouts of `coward' and `sissy'"
disrespectful - exhibiting lack of respect; rude and discourteous; "remarks disrespectful of the law"; "disrespectful in the presence of his parents"; "disrespectful toward his teacher"
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[ˈtɔːntɪŋ] ADJ (= jeering) → mofador, burlón; (= insulting) → insultante
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adj, tauntingly
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1. adjbeffardo/a
2. nfrasi fpl di scherno
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995


(toːnt) verb
to tease, or say unpleasant things to (a person) in a cruel way. The children at school taunted him for being dirty.
cruel, unpleasant remarks. He did not seem to notice their taunts.
ˈtaunting adjective
ˈtauntingly adverb
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References in classic literature ?
25-31) So said he: but the master chid him with taunting words: `Madman, mark the wind and help hoist sail on the ship: catch all the sheets.
Now, I am living out my life in my corner, taunting myself with the spiteful and useless consolation that an intelligent man cannot become anything seriously, and it is only the fool who becomes anything.
Even reproofs from authority, ought to be grave, and not taunting. As for facility: it is worse than bribery.
They came to a stand a short distance away and yelled taunting oaths at the boy with the chronic sneer.
In fact, I could have sworn that I caught the faint suggestion of taunting laughter from beyond the baffling panel.
Tarzan who had been upon the point of taunting and reviling his captive foe was suddenly turned to open admiration for the beauty of the splendid beast.
"Not this time, Ska," cried the ape-man in a taunting voice, "for now indeed is Tarzan Tarzan.
But suddenly, as her dilated, frightened eyes gazed out over the audience, she saw Gilbert Blythe away at the back of the room, bending forward with a smile on his face--a smile which seemed to Anne at once triumphant and taunting. In reality it was nothing of the kind.
Taunting may not appear as serious as punching a player.
In "Devil May Cry 5," taunting is still one of the high risk moves that players can rely on if they want to maximize their style points in enemy encounters.
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.
In the video, the man can be clearly seen taunting her, saying: "You are a woman, you are a woman, you are a woman, don't speak too much."