scoff

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English scof/skof, of Scandinavian origin. Compare Old Norse skaup, Danish skuffelse(noun)/skuffe(verb) and Old High German scoph.

Noun[edit]

scoff (plural scoffs)

  1. Derision; ridicule; a derisive or mocking expression of scorn, contempt, or reproach.
    • Shakespeare
      With scoffs, and scorns, and contumelious taunts.
    • 1852, The Dublin University Magazine (page 66)
      There were sneers, and scoffs, and inuendoes of some; prophecies of failure in a hundred ways []
  2. An object of scorn, mockery, or derision.
    • Cowper
      The scoff of withered age and beardless youth.
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scoff (third-person singular simple present scoffs, present participle scoffing, simple past and past participle scoffed)

  1. To jeer; laugh at with contempt and derision.
    • Goldsmith
      Truth from his lips prevailed with double sway, / And fools who came to scoff, remained to pray.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Afrikaans.

Noun[edit]

scoff (plural scoffs)

  1. (South Africa) Food.
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scoff (third-person singular simple present scoffs, present participle scoffing, simple past and past participle scoffed)

  1. (UK) To eat food quickly.
  2. (South Africa) To eat.
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