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- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /skɒf/
- (US) IPA(key): /skɔːf/
- (cot–caught merger, Inland Northern American) IPA(key): /skɑːf/
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- Rhymes: -ɒf
scoff (plural scoffs)
- A derisive or mocking expression of scorn, contempt, or reproach.
- 1591 (date written), William Shakespeare, “The First Part of Henry the Sixt”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, →OCLC, [Act I, scene vi], page 100, column 1:
- VVith ſcoffs and ſcornes, and contumelious taunts, / In open Market-place produc't they me, / To be a publique ſpectacle to all: / Here, ſayd they, is the Terror of the French, / The Scar-Crovv that affrights our Children ſo.
- 1863, J[oseph] Sheridan Le Fanu, The House by the Church-yard. […], volumes (please specify |volume=I to III), London: Tinsley, Brothers, […], →OCLC:
- 'I believe you've killed that constable in the exercise of his duty, Sir; the man's dead,' said Lowe, sternly. / 'Another gloss on my text; why invade me like housebreakers?' said Dangerfield with a grim scoff.
- 1852, The Dublin University Magazine, page 66:
- There were sneers, and scoffs, and inuendoes of some; prophecies of failure in a hundred ways […]
- An object of scorn, mockery, or derision.
expression of derision
object of scorn, mockery, or derision
- (intransitive) To jeer; to laugh with contempt and derision.
- Synonym: sneer
- (transitive) To mock; to treat with scorn.
Conjugation of scoff
to jeer; laugh at with contempt and derision
- (Newfoundland, South Africa and British Army slang) Food.
- (slang) The act of eating.
- 2016, Fearne Cotton, Cook Happy, Cook Healthy:
- Lunch for the busy has become a quick scoff of processed, terrifyingly orange couscous, […]
- (Britain, Newfoundland, slang) To eat food quickly.
- 2020 December 2, Paul Bigland, “My weirdest and wackiest Rover yet”, in Rail, page 68:
- The numbers thin out the further we get from London, so I don't feel guilty when I remove my mask momentarily to scoff some of the snacks I'd bought at Marylebone.
- (Newfoundland, South Africa and British Army slang) To eat.
to eat food quickly
to eat — see eat