One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Tease, laugh at, or joke about (someone) in a mocking or unkind way.
taunt, poke fun at, chaff, tease, make jokes about, ridicule, mock, laugh at, guy, mimic, parody, caricature, lampoon, satirize, rag, quiz, be sarcastic about, deride, scoff at, jeer at, jibe atView synonyms
- ‘He slouches in his chair, he laughs at his own jokes, he makes fun of himself, he kids around with his subordinates.’
- ‘I mean, he made fun of them, he mocked them if they lost the tennis match or the swimming meet.’
- ‘Where could she go where she wasn't going to be ridiculed, made fun of, or treated like dirt?’
- ‘Ethnic minority doctors reported being ridiculed or made fun of when they spoke in public or semi-public meetings.’
- ‘He was the kind of boy Kirsten, Dana and I would have laughed about and made fun of at school.’
- ‘Of course some audience members want to be picked out and made fun of, as they purposely dress up for the part.’
- ‘Today there are people who use his name as a joke and make fun of the way he looks.’
- ‘We can no longer laugh or make fun of each other because of our differences; it is a sure sign of our ignorance.’
- ‘I was so exhausted from putting on a smile when I was made fun of and scoffed at by a majority of the class.’
- ‘But in no way does the joke make fun of the disaster or the people killed.’
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