mock
Pronunciation
  • (British) IPA: /mɒk/
  • (America) IPA: /mɑk/
Noun

mock (plural mocks)

  1. An imitation, usually of lesser quality.
  2. Mockery, the act of mocking.
    • Bible, Proverbs xiv. 9
      Fools make a mock at sin.
    • 1599, William Shakespeare, “The Life of Henry the Fift”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, (please specify the act number in uppercase Roman numerals):
      Thus says my king; an if your father's highness
      Do not, in grant of all demands at large,
      Sweeten the bitter mock you sent his majesty,
      He'll call you to so hot an answer of it
  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.
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mock (mocks, present participle mocking; past and past participle mocked)

  1. To mimic, to simulate.
    • c. 1610–1611, William Shakespeare, “The VVinters Tale”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act V, scene iii]:
      To see the life as lively mocked as ever / Still sleep mocked death.
    • c. 1591–1592, William Shakespeare, “The Third Part of Henry the Sixt, […]”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act IV, scene iii]:
      Mocking marriage with a dame of France.
  2. (rare) To create an artistic representation of.
    • 1818, Percy Shelley, "Ozymandias"
      ...its sculptor well those passions read
      Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
      The hand that mocked them, and the heart that fed...
  3. To make fun of by mimicking, to taunt.
    • Bible, 1 Kings xviii. 27
      Elijah mocked them, and said, Cry aloud.
    • Let not ambition mock their useful toil.
  4. To tantalise, and disappoint the hopes of.
    • Bible, Judges xvi. 13
      Thou hast mocked me, and told me lies.
    • 1597, William Shakespeare, Henry IV, Part II, Act V, Scene III:
      And with his spirit sadly I survive, / to mock the expectations of the world; / to frustrate prophecies, and to raze out / rotten opinion […]
    • 1603, William Shakespeare, Othello, Act III, Scene III:
      "It is the greene-ey'd Monster, which doth mocke / The meate it feeds on."
    • 1667, John Milton, Paradise Lost
      Why do I overlive? / Why am I mocked with death, and lengthened out / to deathless pain?
    • 1671, John Milton, “Book the Second”, in Paradise Regain’d. A Poem. In IV Books. To which is Added, Samson Agonistes, London: Printed by J. M[acock] for John Starkey […], OCLC 228732398 ↗:
      He will not […] / Mock us with his blest sight, then snatch him hence.
    • 1765, Benjamin Heath, A revisal of Shakespear's text, page 563 (a commentary on the "mocke the meate" line from Othello):
      ‘Mock’ certainly never signifies to loath. Its common signification is, to disappoint.
    • 1812, The Critical Review or, Annals of Literature, page 190:
      The French revolution indeed is a prodigy which has mocked the expectations both of its friends and its foes. It has cruelly disappointed the fondest hopes of the first, nor has it observed that course which the last thought that it would have pursued.
  5. (software engineering, transitive) To create a mockup or prototype of.
    What's the best way to mock a database layer?
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mock (not comparable)

  1. Imitation, not genuine; fake.
    mock turtle soup
    mock leather
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Mock
Proper noun
  1. Surname



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