Definition of mock in English:

mock

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Tease or laugh at in a scornful or contemptuous manner.

    ‘he mocks them as Washington insiders’
    • ‘We may laugh, scowl or mock initially, but eventually we usually recognize them as what they are and move on.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Wendy was so supportive as she mocked and laughed at me.’
    • ‘We laughed, we mocked, we teased, we made fun of each other, we made fun of strangers.’
    • ‘Have you no thought of how your children will be mocked and teased by other children when they're at school?’
    • ‘But would you make fun of her, laugh and mock at her?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I confess, that while we did not mock, we did laugh out loud at the protesters.’
    • ‘Later, he had party members laughing as he mocked the premier's economic recovery plan.’
    • ‘Doing so is justifiable cause for being mocked, teased, and otherwise humiliated.’
    • ‘But most of all, the politically correct do not like being publicly mocked and revealed as ridiculous.’
    • ‘It was the first time I started laughing and not to mock something.’
    • ‘The reproach was lightly mocking and they both laughed.’
    • ‘Today millions of unbelievers sit in front of their TV sets laughing and mocking at what once was considered sacred.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Everyday I had to go through the pain of being mocked and laughed at.’
    • ‘The awkwardness between them soon vanished when they began laughing and mocking the poorly produced film.’
    • ‘A very common response to this is essentially to mock this as ridiculous.’
    • ‘We laugh and mock from the moment of their first appearance.’
    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
    sneering, derisive, contemptuous, scornful, sardonic, insulting, satirical, sarcastic, ironic, ironical, quizzical, teasing, taunting
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    1. 1.1 Make (something) seem laughably unreal or impossible.
      ‘at Christmas, arguments and friction mock our pretense of peace’
      • ‘But today the daily panic and the long line of citizens testing for anthrax mocks this misplaced confidence.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The music mocks the pompous words with its crude, plodding scales, and speaks of horror rather than triumph.’
      • ‘But the reality on the ground mocks those assertions.’
    2. 1.2 Mimic (someone or something) scornfully or contemptuously.
      • ‘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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adjective

  • 1attributive Not authentic or real, but without the intention to deceive.

    ‘a mock-Georgian red brick house’
    ‘Jim threw up his hands in mock horror’
    • ‘Holly brought a hand to her mouth in mock horror.’
    • ‘They screamed in mock horror when they went past the roaring Abominable snowman and leaned into every turn.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She looked at me in mock horror, and threw her pillow at me.’
    • ‘She feigned shock and gasped in mock horror.’
    • ‘She gasped in mock horror, widening her eyes and her mouth forming an ‘o’ shape.’
    • ‘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).’
    • ‘‘What are you implying,’ roars the actor in mock horror.’
    • ‘‘It's all the things that I find most horrifying,’ says Homes, with mock horror.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As the cop turns to leave, the punk's screams change from mock protest to real anger.’
    • ‘The mock smoking group showed higher accuracy after smoking a real cigarette than after mock smoking, however their response times remained unaffected.’
    • ‘Arturo raised his hands to his mouth 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.’
    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
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    1. 1.1 (of an examination, battle, etc.) arranged for training or practice, or performed as a demonstration.
      ‘Dukakis will have a mock debate with Barnett’
      • ‘She began to punch and kick the air in mock battle.’
      • ‘And the Club offer mock interviews to pupils who are preparing to start jobs or university.’
      • ‘The competition consists of the school teams going head to head in a mock trial with a real judge acting as adjudicator.’
      • ‘It was armed with a cache of stuffed animals and sparkles with the intent of staging a mock siege of the fenced-in leaders.’
      • ‘Artificial lakes were often created and ships conducted a mock battle (called the Naumachia).’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘With mock examinations and mid-term breaks over the next few weeks very few games have been arranged.’
      • ‘The mock battle began with shots shouted back and forth.’
      • ‘Instead, faces decorated in warrior paint, the participants enact mock battle situations in their movements, exercising their frustrations in a better way.’
      • ‘In this mock battle, the men try their best not to get captured.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Students walked to the stage and faced this mock interview under the full glare of those who had gathered at the college auditorium.’
      • ‘We have mock battles with each other on a daily basis.’
      • ‘The final module is on interview preparation, including mock exercises and exam papers.’
      • ‘So they put me through a mock interview and at the end of it I was invited and then offered the position.’
      • ‘This video is funny, like the guys on donkeys, but becomes chilling as the children engage in their mock battle.’
      • ‘Various re-enactment groups, from Vikings to 20th century, will liven up the event with mock battles and drills.’
      • ‘Go through a mock interview with a friend or peer.’
      • ‘He will be a fine knight, if his show at the mock battle was not a fluke.’
      • ‘Since then, he has had to undergo a number of interviews, mock breakdown scenarios and mechanical tests.’
      simulated, feigned, pretended, practice, trial, make-believe
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noun

dated
  • An object of derision.

    ‘he has become the mock of all his contemporaries’

Origin

Late Middle English: from Old French mocquer ‘deride’.

Pronunciation

mock

/mäk//mɑk/