mock

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From Middle English mokken, from Old French mocquer, moquier (to deride, jeer), from Middle Dutch mocken (to mumble) or Middle Low German mucken (to grumble, talk with the mouth half-opened), both from Proto-West Germanic *mokkijan, *mukkijan (to low, bellow; mumble), from Proto-Germanic *mukkijaną, *mūhaną (to low, bellow, shout), from Proto-Indo-European *mūg-, *mūk- (to low, mumble). Cognate with Dutch mokken (to sulk; pout; mope; grumble), Old High German firmucken (to be stupid), Modern German mucksen (to utter a word; mumble; grumble), West Frisian mokke (to mope; sulk; grumble), Swedish mucka (to murmur), dialectal Dutch mokkel (kiss).

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  • (UK) IPA(key): /mɒk/
  • (US) IPA(key): /mɑk/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɒk

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mock (plural mocks)

  1. An imitation, usually of lesser quality.
    • a. 1649, Richard Crashaw, "The Hymn"
      Is tortured thirst itself too sweet a cup?
      Gall, and more bitter mocks, shall make it up.
  2. Mockery, the act of mocking.
  3. A practice exam set by an educating institution to prepare students for an important exam.
    He got a B in his History mock, but improved to an A in the exam.
  4. (software engineering) A mockup or prototype.
    • 2013, Jeff Langr, Modern C++ Programming with Test-Driven Development:
      You can, if you must, create a mock that derives from a concrete class. The problem is that the resulting class represents a mix of production and mocked behavior, a beast referred to as a partial mock.

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mock (third-person singular simple present mocks, present participle mocking, simple past and past participle mocked)

  1. To mimic, to simulate.
  2. (rare) To create an artistic representation of.
  3. To make fun of, especially by mimicking; to taunt.
  4. To tantalise, and disappoint the hopes of.
  5. (software engineering, transitive) To create a mockup or prototype of.
    • 2016, Murat Yener, ‎Onur Dundar, Expert Android Studio (page 233)
      They can also mock other integration points such as backend, database, or any other external resource.

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mock (not comparable)

  1. Imitation, not genuine; fake.
    mock turtle-soup
    mock leather

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mock

  1. Alternative form of muk