Definition of mock in English:



  • 1Tease or laugh at in a scornful or contemptuous manner:

    ‘opposition MPs mocked the government's decision’
    • ‘Today millions of unbelievers sit in front of their TV sets laughing and mocking at what once was considered sacred.’
    • ‘A very common response to this is essentially to mock this as ridiculous.’
    • ‘The awkwardness between them soon vanished when they began laughing and mocking the poorly produced film.’
    • ‘The reproach was lightly mocking and they both laughed.’
    • ‘Have you no thought of how your children will be mocked and teased by other children when they're at school?’
    • ‘Everyday I had to go through the pain of being mocked and laughed at.’
    • ‘Wendy was so supportive as she mocked and laughed at me.’
    • ‘We laugh and mock from the moment of their first appearance.’
    • ‘I confess, that while we did not mock, we did laugh out loud at the protesters.’
    • ‘It was the first time I started laughing and not to mock something.’
    • ‘We laughed, we mocked, we teased, we made fun of each other, we made fun of strangers.’
    • ‘We may laugh, scowl or mock initially, but eventually we usually recognize them as what they are and move on.’
    • ‘But most of all, the politically correct do not like being publicly mocked and revealed as ridiculous.’
    • ‘Doing so is justifiable cause for being mocked, teased, and otherwise humiliated.’
    • ‘May be it was just because of her bad mood and hopeless situation but it seemed as if they were laughing sinisterly and mocking at her.’
    • ‘But would you make fun of her, laugh and mock at her?’
    • ‘None of the people we get on well with are being treated that badly; hassled a bit and teased and mocked, maybe, but not hit or tripped in the corridors.’
    • ‘I worked in talkback radio for several years and when the microphone is off, people like him are openly mocked and laughed at by the hosts.’
    • ‘Later, he had party members laughing as he mocked the premier's economic recovery plan.’
    sneering, derisive, contemptuous, scornful, sardonic, insulting, satirical, sarcastic, ironic, ironical, quizzical, teasing, taunting
    ridicule, jeer at, sneer at, deride, treat with contempt, treat contemptuously, scorn, make fun of, poke fun at, laugh at, make jokes about, laugh to scorn, scoff at, pillory, be sarcastic about, tease, taunt, make a monkey of, rag, chaff, jibe at
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    1. 1.1 Make (something) seem laughably unreal or impossible:
      ‘at Christmas, arguments and friction mock our pretence at peace’
      • ‘But today the daily panic and the long line of citizens testing for anthrax mocks this misplaced confidence.’
      • ‘But the reality on the ground mocks those assertions.’
      • ‘But if the past is any guide, the left will succeed once again in blocking the nomination of a minority judicial candidate whose success mocks their mantra that minorities can't make it in America.’
      • ‘His work mocks our desire for a safe, fantasy non-place for our garbage.’
      • ‘Democracy works by keeping leaders accountable and a campaign that consists of little more than photo opportunities mocks democracy, period.’
      • ‘This is the time to decide whether this country and, by logical extension, the fate of the world should be in the hands of a leader whose essential mode of governance mocks the ideals of a free society.’
      • ‘The music mocks the pompous words with its crude, plodding scales, and speaks of horror rather than triumph.’
      • ‘But the ingrained assumption that we are legislator, judge, jury and executioner mocks any notion of global order.’
      • ‘It mocks principles of justice, including basic norms of fairness, as well the underlying basis of contract law, which is the orderly regulation and development of commercial life.’
      • ‘The phenomenon runs deep; it mocks political barriers and reaches all circles.’
    2. 1.2 Mimic (someone or something) scornfully or contemptuously:
      ‘he ought to find out who used his name, mocked his voice, and aped a few of his guitar lines’
      • ‘The children burst out laughing when she mocked the way some people took food, comparing it to the cows chewing its cud.’
      • ‘I mimicked the innocent grin she displayed herself moments ago, mocking her now displeased demeanor.’
      • ‘When he looked up, he saw Kerna mocking him, imitating a woman drinking tea on the same log before the thicket.’
      parody, ape, guy, take off, caricature, satirize, lampoon, imitate, mimic
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  • 2mock something upMake a replica or imitation of something.

    • ‘I played it into a computer and then a friend of mine had this computer that could bring in all kinds of synthetic instruments, so we sort of mocked it up, using oboes, and cellos.’
    • ‘The furniture and decorations were not mocked up in every detail, but the draped table and open Bible were modelled, and the seated woman was represented by a lay figure in a dress.’
    • ‘If you need to explain something, try mocking it up and prototyping it rather than writing a longwinded document.’
    • ‘If you have a scanner (slide scanner preferred), go ahead and scan your images and mock something up.’
    • ‘I'll then drop my car off so the fabricator can build them properly with an actual car to mock them up with.’
    • ‘Once your services are provided via interfaces you can mock them up for testing or demo purposes.’
    • ‘I got a set of those brackets and I was planning on mocking them up on an empty housing I have.’
    • ‘I quickly mocked it up to add a little more life to the site and to replace the button that was there before.’
    • ‘As far as this bike goes I originally was going to paint it flat black with hot rod flames but as I was mocking it up it really came into its own.’
    • ‘Right now I am getting ready to mock it up to see what it will look like and make some final design decisions.’


  • 1[attributive] Not authentic or real, but without the intention to deceive:

    ‘a mock-Georgian red brick house’
    ‘Jim threw up his hands in mock horror’
    • ‘I sat up so I could see her, a look of mock horror on my face.’
    • ‘Matt opened his eyes wide and turned to me in mock horror.’
    • ‘Mattie gasped, fluttering a hand over his heart, his large eyes growing wide in mock horror.’
    • ‘The boys looked at Will in mock horror and disgust, moving away from Will ever so slightly in supposed contempt.’
    • ‘Arturo raised his hands to his mouth in mock horror.’
    • ‘‘It's all the things that I find most horrifying,’ says Homes, with mock horror.’
    • ‘She looked at me in mock horror, and threw her pillow at me.’
    • ‘The popularity of this enduring musical is evident in the audience, who clap and cheer every song and gasp in mock horror at the untimely death of one of the heroes at the close of the play.’
    • ‘The mock smoking group showed higher accuracy after smoking a real cigarette than after mock smoking, however their response times remained unaffected.’
    • ‘She feigned shock and gasped in mock horror.’
    • ‘As the cop turns to leave, the punk's screams change from mock protest to real anger.’
    • ‘We ate fish served with a salad and baked potatoes, followed by a dessert of real strawberries in mock cream (made up from powdered milk).’
    • ‘She gasped in mock horror, widening her eyes and her mouth forming an ‘o’ shape.’
    • ‘‘What are you implying,’ roars the actor in mock horror.’
    • ‘The party routinely sets the agenda for new attacks on welfare and immigrants, to which the other parties adapt while holding up their hands in mock horror.’
    • ‘Jay widened his eyes in mock horror, holding his hands up in front of his chest.’
    • ‘She slapped her hands to her cheeks in mock horror.’
    • ‘They screamed in mock horror when they went past the roaring Abominable snowman and leaned into every turn.’
    • ‘Holly brought a hand to her mouth in mock horror.’
    imitation, artificial, man-made, manufactured, simulated, synthetic, ersatz, plastic, so-called, fake, false, faux, reproduction, replica, facsimile, dummy, model, toy, make-believe, sham, spurious, bogus, counterfeit, fraudulent, forged, pseudo, pretended
    pretend, phoney
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    1. 1.1 (of an examination, battle, etc.) arranged for training or practice:
      ‘mock GCSEs’
      • ‘The competition consists of the school teams going head to head in a mock trial with a real judge acting as adjudicator.’
      • ‘With mock examinations and mid-term breaks over the next few weeks very few games have been arranged.’
      • ‘Various re-enactment groups, from Vikings to 20th century, will liven up the event with mock battles and drills.’
      • ‘In this mock battle, the men try their best not to get captured.’
      • ‘This video is funny, like the guys on donkeys, but becomes chilling as the children engage in their mock battle.’
      • ‘She began to punch and kick the air in mock battle.’
      • ‘We have mock battles with each other on a daily basis.’
      • ‘Since then, he has had to undergo a number of interviews, mock breakdown scenarios and mechanical tests.’
      • ‘As groups of youths prepared for a carnivalesque mock battle that was to have been the popular centre-piece for one of these festivals, the celebrations turned into a riot.’
      • ‘Go through a mock interview with a friend or peer.’
      • ‘So they put me through a mock interview and at the end of it I was invited and then offered the position.’
      • ‘Last month re-enactors staged a mock battle at the site, as a testing ground before the full festival on September 23 and 24 next year.’
      • ‘The final module is on interview preparation, including mock exercises and exam papers.’
      • ‘Students walked to the stage and faced this mock interview under the full glare of those who had gathered at the college auditorium.’
      • ‘Artificial lakes were often created and ships conducted a mock battle (called the Naumachia).’
      • ‘And the Club offer mock interviews to pupils who are preparing to start jobs or university.’
      • ‘He will be a fine knight, if his show at the mock battle was not a fluke.’
      • ‘It was armed with a cache of stuffed animals and sparkles with the intent of staging a mock siege of the fenced-in leaders.’
      • ‘Instead, faces decorated in warrior paint, the participants enact mock battle situations in their movements, exercising their frustrations in a better way.’
      • ‘The mock battle began with shots shouted back and forth.’


  • 1mocksBritish informal Mock examinations:

    ‘obtaining Grade A in mocks’
    • ‘And by December, GCSE mocks are being sat before the final exam timetables come through in Spring.’
    • ‘‘Well maybe I've been a bit busy revising because we have the remainder of our mocks in the next week and a half,’ I snapped.’
    • ‘The mocks were soon and if she didn't check this beforehand and it was wrong I'd get a bad mark.’
    • ‘I get so stressed taking exams that during my mocks it stopped me sleeping and made me physically sick - how can I control this for the real thing?’
    • ‘She said: ‘I started to do A-levels, but left after the mocks.’’
    • ‘I once took a couple before a history mock because I'd been up late and it was horrible.’
    • ‘But I don't think most of us were surprised by the results because when we did the mocks, we all did pretty badly,’ she said.’
    • ‘I better start revising now, I have a business mock exam tomorrow.’
  • 2dated An object of derision:

    ‘he has become the mock of all his contemporaries’


  • make (a) mock of

    • Hold up to scorn or ridicule:

      ‘stop making a mock of other people's business’
      • ‘After Rosencrantz tells Hamlet of the players' arrival, Polonius enters to tell Hamlet the same thing, which Hamlet makes mock of: ‘I will prophesy, he comes to tell me of the players, mark it.’’
      • ‘Later, we stood in a dark corner in a crowded bar, making mock of everyone we could see.’
      • ‘Of all the people to make mock of the depravity visited upon those prisoners, a former POW is the last one I'd expect to see doing it.’
      • ‘The broadcaster's Head of Light Entertainment at the time was a cautious man who pondered, on reading the first script, ‘Were we making mock of Britain's Finest Hour?’’
      • ‘In one point, however, accuracy is well within our reach, and nearly all the cookery books - even those produced under the eyes of great artists - make a mock of it.’
      • ‘I've mentioned that she made mock of him.’
      • ‘He was having a laugh, making mock of his opponent's stature and ranking.’
      • ‘It was put to him finally: ‘You lost your temper because you believed they were making a mock of you’.’


Late Middle English: from Old French mocquer deride.