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A word whose use is expressive of mockery or ridicule on the part of the user; a term of derision. In early use: a meaningless or pretentious word.
Early 17th century; earliest use found in Henry Cockeram (fl. 1623–1658), lexicographer. From mock or mock + word.
mock word/ˈmɒk wəːd/
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