October 17, 2012
- scoff (verb)
- What does it mean?
- : to speak or cry out in scorn : mock, ridicule
- How do you use it?
- After he was stuck at the top of a Ferris wheel for an hour, Kevin promised never to scoff at his brother's fear of heights again.
- Are you a word wiz?
Which one of these words shouldn't you scorn as a synonym of "scoff"?Don't make fun of answer B – it's the right one! "Scoff" stresses rudeness, disrespect, or disbelief as the driving forces behind the ridicule. ("They scoffed at her concerns.") "Jeer" suggests a cruder ridicule lacking careful judgment. ("The crowd jeered at the prisoners.") "Gibe," another synonym, implies taunting either good-naturedly or sarcastically. ("The fans hooted and gibed at the umpire.") "Sneer" indicates insulting by contemptuous facial expression, phrasing, or tone of voice. ("They sneered at anything romantic.") Finally, "flout" stresses contempt shown by refusal to pay attention to something. ("He flouted the rules of polite society.")