I don't want to presume to edit (ahem!) but would suggest that the verb form include 'to eat', common slang at least to my (boomer) cohort. Also found in Melville (White Jacket) wherein a black Man-o-War's cook is quoted thus, “Quick, men, quick, bear a hand and 'scoff' (eat) away -- I've got my to-morrow's duff to make yet, and some of you fellows keep scoffing as if I had nothing to do but...″ —This unsigned comment was added by 188.8.131.52 (talk • contribs) at 12:08, 5 February 2011.
- Yes, we have it. See under the second etymology. SemperBlotto 12:09, 5 February 2011 (UTC)
I always assumed that to scoff in the eating sense could be related to Auguste Escoffier, the famous French chef. Is there any connection? 184.108.40.206 16:05, 8 March 2012 (UTC)