• (RP) IPA: /skɒf/
  • (America) IPA: /skɔːf/
  • (cot-caught, northern cities vowel shift) IPA: /skɑːf/

scoff (plural scoffs)

  1. Derision; ridicule; a derisive or mocking expression of scorn, contempt, or reproach.
    • 1591, William Shakespeare, “The First 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 I, scene iv]:
      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.
    • the scoff of withered age and beardless youth
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  • Spanish: hazmerreír

scoff (scoffs, present participle scoffing; past and past participle scoffed)

  1. (intransitive) To jeer; to laugh with contempt and derision.
    • Truth from his lips prevailed with double sway, / And fools who came to scoff, remained to pray.
  2. (transitive) To mock; to treat with scorn.
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  1. (South Africa and British Army slang) Food.
  2. (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, […]
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scoff (scoffs, present participle scoffing; past and past participle scoffed)

  1. (British, slang) To eat food quickly.
  2. (South Africa and British Army slang) To eat.
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