Definition of mocker in English:



  • A person who mocks someone or something.

    ‘a mocker of authority’
    • ‘That's an interesting point, because he always said there were the mockers and the mourners, and he wanted people to be mourners, not mockers.’
    • ‘From under his creased brows he glowered with hate at the mockers.’
    • ‘How long will mockers delight in mockery and fools hate knowledge?’
    • ‘In Aesop's fable ‘The Tortoise and the Hare,’ a hare ridicules a tortoise who challenges his mocker to a race.’
    • ‘I defend you and your web site, although I don't agree with all your conclusions, against all those mockers, backward, stubborn and ignorant people.’
    • ‘Institutions and politicians were mocked; as it turned out, many of the mockers secretly admired their targets, and the targets enjoyed the mockery.’
    • ‘Although he accepts that American inflections found their way into his accent, he wonders if the gentle mockers were conscious of just how much their own accents had altered over the same period.’
    • ‘I happened to like it, but I'm in disagreement with the rest of the brood of mockers with whom I saw it.’
    • ‘And he allows himself to be mocked without taking revenge on the mocker.’
    • ‘Mentioning it as a disease which is generally acquired under unsavory, but avoidable, circumstances and you are suddenly a mocker of dying children.’
    • ‘The reality is far from that and a regular fixture would give these teams a chance to prove themselves to the mockers.’
    • ‘I made it absolutely clear to the mockers and scorners at work, that I would only watch the intellectual channels - and football, of course.’
    • ‘He can turn the state of lonely self-loathing into a veritable inferno of seething threats, fans, mockers, competitors.’
    • ‘The cynics and the mockers and the doubters can say what they like, but that's what these protests are about.’
    • ‘How could such a mocker take the most absurd aberration of the 20th century seriously?’
    • ‘Yet, our intrepid movie mockers come up with classic lines, time and time again.’


be mockered up
Australian, NZ
  • Be dressed in smart or formal clothes.

    ‘he was all mockered up in gray checks and a soft pink tie’
    • ‘During the weekend, she is "all mockered up".’
    • ‘The other day she was mockered up in her hard hat at some dreary construction site.’
    • ‘Whenever you saw him, he was all mockered up, as neat as a beetle in its shell.’
    • ‘He's all mockered-up in his corduroy pants!’
    • ‘He was mockered up to the nines, his feet moving impatiently in the dust.’


Australian, NZ
  • Clothing.

    ‘it was enough to get them to put their mocker back on’
    • ‘He was climbing out of bed and donning clammy, greasy shearing mocker.’
    • ‘He went away in search of his mokker, which consisted of a freshly pressed pair of slacks and a bush shirt.’
    • ‘It's just like me to get married in someone else's mokker.’
    • ‘You should just wear ordinary mokker.’
    • ‘He gets into his old mocker and gets stuck in.’


  • put the mockers on

    • 1informal Put an end to; thwart.

      ‘the firm may be putting the mockers on its Sparc-compatible business’
      • ‘Besides, were she to be momentarily diverted by anything beyond the boundaries of her own, perfect body, her insurers would soon put the mockers on it.’
      • ‘It puts the mockers on things as it was a free festival and the kids were really enjoying it.’
      foil, frustrate, baulk, stand in the way of, forestall
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      1. 1.1Bring bad luck to.
        ‘someone has really put the mockers on the team’
        • ‘He today insisted the latest off-the-field wrangle will not put the mockers on City's season.’
        • ‘‘I hope you're not putting the mockers on him,’ Kerr uneasily joked.’
        • ‘I hope I'm not putting the mockers on it but the chance I can go ahead on Sunday, with everybody there, will be absolutely amazing.’
        • ‘This was the test used to figure the Hubble space telescope mirror, I hesitate to mention this for fear of putting the mockers on the project!’
        • ‘The band broke up soon afterwards, some fans claiming she had put the mockers on the whole enterprise.’
        • ‘He added: ‘I don't want to say I have solved my problems with the track, only to put the mockers on it and have a dud meeting.’’
        • ‘Deep down, we think we will win, but don't want to put the mockers on our own team.’


Early 20th century: of unknown origin. Perhaps from Arabic makwa, a noun of place, from kawā, ‘to press (clothes)’, associated with Egyptian clothes-pressing establishments during the First World War, and from there used by New Zealand soldiers.