October 17, 2017
scoff (verb)
\SKAHFF\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: to speak or cry out in scorn : mock, ridicule
How do you use it?
"He climbed the fence at the American bison pen at the zoo - he had suggested this feat himself, everyone else scoffing - and, while the mother looked on, kissed the baby buffalo." (Jerry Spinelli, _Maniac Magee)
Are you a word wiz?

Which one of these words shouldn't you scorn as a synonym of "scoff"?

Don't make fun of answer B it's the right one! "Scoff" stresses rudeness, disrespect, or disbelief as the driving forces behind the ridicule. ("They scoffed at her concerns.") "Jeer" suggests a cruder ridicule lacking careful judgment. ("The crowd jeered at the prisoners.") "Gibe," another synonym, implies taunting either good-naturedly or sarcastically. ("The fans hooted and gibed at the umpire.") "Sneer" indicates insulting by contemptuous facial expression, phrasing, or tone of voice. ("They sneered at anything romantic.") Finally, "flout" stresses contempt shown by refusal to pay attention to something. ("He flouted the rules of polite society.")
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