One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘he would play truant rather than face the taunts of his classmates’
jeer, gibe, sneer, insult, barb, catcall, brickbat, scoff, slap in the face
teasing, taunting, provocation, goading, ridiculing, derision, mockery, sarcasm
informal dig, put-down
1‘the crowd taunted him about his marriage split’
jeer at, gibe at, sneer at, scoff at, poke fun at, make fun of, get at, insult, tease, chaff, torment, provoke, goad, ridicule, deride, mock, heckle
North American ride
informal rib, needle, put down, hassle, rag, guy
dated make sport of
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