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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
a mock examBritish English (= one that you do to practise for the real exams)
▪ He did well in the mock exams.
a mock examination (=a practice examination to prepare for the real one)
▪ Mock examinations help you to prepare for the real thing.
a mock execution (=one in which people pretend they are going to kill someone)
▪ He had to endure torture and a mock execution.
a mock interview (=one that you do for practice, rather than a real interview)
▪ Mock interviews are one way in which students can improve their job-seeking skills.
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▪ She was much more fun after a few drinks, gently mocking her dedication to saving this planet.
▪ There was a touch of gently mocking amusement in the voice, at this point.
▪ He enjoyed gently mocking the established heraldic writers.
▪ "Ooh, aren't you clever!'' she mocked.
▪ Lillian was openly mocked for her skinny body.
▪ Liz mocked him, saying that he was a coward.
▪ The press mocked his attempts to appeal to young voters.
▪ We are tired of criminals mocking our justice system with technicalities.
▪ You mustn't mock -- it's not their fault they don't know much about art.
▪ Explicit? she mocked herself, yeah and why ever not?
▪ Frank was convinced of his arguments and fought bitterly with Tom, another academic, when he mocked the whole system.
▪ He was not, however, mocking Sammler.
▪ It would be mocked, scorned, spurned.
▪ The stark barrenness of the room mocked her as prickly thoughts needled her.
▪ Earlier in the day, warriors will engage in mock battle.
▪ The ancients staged mock battles to parallel the tempests in nature and reduce their fear of gods who warred across the sky.
▪ Every Elf city was required to have a martial field where its soldiers could train and fight mock battles.
▪ Next day they provided a mock battle.
▪ She threw up her hands in mock horror as the little pomeranian ran yapping among the guests.
▪ Why should I support mock interviews?
▪ The children howled as he conducted mock interviews with them.
▪ By holding mock interviews you are offering students a valuable learning experience.
▪ Its programmes include work experience, careers lessons and mock interviews.
▪ No wrong questions, no mock surprise.
▪ With mock surprise, he settled into the love seat, draping his arms along its top.
▪ Often they have been killed or tortured following mock trials.
▪ It makes extensive use of mock trials, simulations, and role-playing to reconstruct historical events.
▪ Participants I spoke to afterwards found the lectures useful and interesting, but it was the mock trials that made the day.
▪ In class they engaged in mock trials and small-group work.
▪ "He won't do it -- he hasn't got the guts!'' said a mocking voice from behind.
▪ "It's not fair,'' he complained, pulling at his hair in mock distress. "I really wanted to visit your parents!''
Mock court sessions help people to understand the judicial process.
▪ a mock combat mission
▪ Diana gave her cousin a look of mock horror and then disappeared through the door, smiling.
▪ The grey eyes widened in mock surprise. "How unusual to meet you here,'' she said sarcastically.
▪ Their mocking laughter followed me out of the room, and echoed down the hall.
▪ About this time, there was a family funeral - with all the mock solemnity and grandeur of a cockney day out.
▪ Alston videotaped the man in a mock sales presentation to show how he looked to other people when he refused to listen.
▪ Every two weeks or so we do a mock draft.
▪ He rolled them on the floor, growling in mock fury, and they giggled.
▪ His statement was greeted with cries of mock astonishment and indignation by Tory back-benchers.
▪ Mike shook his head in mock regret; catching my eye, he gave me his wink.
▪ More than a dozen activists have locked themselves inside a mock prison cell they put up outside the federal Interior Ministry here.
▪ Our mock ad on page 67 shows you what to look for.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Mock \Mock\, v. i. To make sport in contempt or in jest; to speak in a scornful or jeering manner.

When thou mockest, shall no man make thee ashamed?
--Job xi. 3.

She had mocked at his proposal.


Mock \Mock\, n.

  1. An act of ridicule or derision; a scornful or contemptuous act or speech; a sneer; a jibe; a jeer.

    Fools make a mock at sin.
    --Prov. xiv. 9.

  2. Imitation; mimicry. [R.]


Mock \Mock\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Mocked; p. pr. & vb. n. Mocking.] [F. moquer, of uncertain origin; cf. OD. mocken to mumble, G. mucken, OSw. mucka.]

  1. To imitate; to mimic; esp., to mimic in sport, contempt, or derision; to deride by mimicry.

    To see the life as lively mocked as ever Still sleep mocked death.

    Mocking marriage with a dame of France.

  2. To treat with scorn or contempt; to deride.

    Elijah mocked them, and said, Cry aloud.
    --1 Kings xviii. 27.

    Let not ambition mock their useful toil.

  3. To disappoint the hopes of; to deceive; to tantalize; as, to mock expectation.

    Thou hast mocked me, and told me lies.
    --Judg. xvi. 13.

    He will not . . . Mock us with his blest sight, then snatch him hence.

    Syn: To deride; ridicule; taunt; jeer; tantalize; disappoint. See Deride.


Mock \Mock\, a. Imitating reality, but not real; false; counterfeit; assumed; sham.

That superior greatness and mock majesty.

Mock bishop's weed (Bot.), a genus of slender umbelliferous herbs ( Discopleura) growing in wet places.

Mock heroic, burlesquing the heroic; as, a mock heroic poem.

Mock lead. See Blende ( a ).

Mock nightingale (Zo["o]l.), the European blackcap.

Mock orange (Bot.), a genus of American and Asiatic shrubs ( Philadelphus), with showy white flowers in panicled cymes. Philadelphus coronarius, from Asia, has fragrant flowers; the American kinds are nearly scentless.

Mock sun. See Parhelion.

Mock turtle soup, a soup made of calf's head, veal, or other meat, and condiments, in imitation of green turtle soup.

Mock velvet, a fabric made in imitation of velvet. See Mockado.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

early 15c., "to deceive;" mid-15c. "make fun of," from Old French mocquer "deride, jeer," of unknown origin, perhaps from Vulgar Latin *muccare "to blow the nose" (as a derisive gesture), from Latin mucus; or possibly from Middle Dutch mocken "to mumble" or Middle Low German mucken "grumble." Or perhaps simply imitative of such speech. Related: Mocked; mocking; mockingly. Replaced Old English bysmerian. Sense of "imitating," as in mockingbird and mock turtle (1763), is from notion of derisive imitation.


1540s, from mock, verb and noun. Mock-heroic is attested from 1711, describing a satirical use of a serious form; mock-turtle "calf's head dressed to resemble a turtle," is from 1763; as a kind of soup from 1783.


"derisive action or speech," early 15c., from mock (v.).

  1. imitation, not genuine; fake. n. 1 An imitation, usually of lesser quality. 2 mockery, the act of mocking. 3 A practice exam set by an educating institution to prepare students for an important exam. v

  2. 1 To mimic, to simulate. 2 To make fun of by mimicking, to taunt. 3 To tantalise, and disappoint (the hopes of).


adj. constituting a copy or imitation of something; "boys in mock battle"

  1. v. treat with contempt; "The new constitution mocks all democratic principles" [syn: bemock]

  2. imitate with mockery and derision; "The children mocked their handicapped classmate"


n. the act of mocking or ridiculing; "they made a mock of him"


Mock may refer to:

  • Mock (surname)
  • Mock, California, an unincorporated community
  • Mock, Washington, a ghost town
  • Mock or Duncan Stump, a member of the band Mock & Toof
  • Mock, a character in Mock & Sweet
  • Mock - 1, a 1998 album by Mocking Shadows
  • Mock object, a programming object that mimics the behavior of real objects in controlled ways
Mock (surname)

Mock is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

  • Alois Mock (born 1934), Austrian politician
  • Chad Mock (born 1984), American football player
  • Chance Mock (born 1981), American football player
  • Freida Lee Mock, American film director and producer
  • Garrett Mock (born 1983), American baseball player
  • George Mock (1907–2001), American labor leader
  • Hans Mock (1906–1982), Austrian footballer
  • Janet Mock (born 1983), American author
  • Jerrie Mock (1925–2014), American aviator
  • Karen Mock, Canadian activist
  • Owen Mock, American computer programmer
  • Richard Mock (1944–2006), American artist
  • Ron Mock, American Quaker
  • Sai Wing Mock (1879–1941), Chinese-American mob boss
  • Vanessa Mock (born 1975), German journalist

Fictional characters:

  • Eberhard Mock (1883–1960), fictional detective

Usage examples of "mock".

When Alec still looked dubious, Seregil clapped him on the shoulder in mock exasperation.

And behind it all I saw the ineffable malignity of primordial necromancy, black and amorphous, and fumbling greedily after me in the darkness to choke out the spirit that had dared to mock it by emulation.

That he could do with himself what he would, that he created a new thing without overturning the old, that he won men to himself by announcing the Father, that he inspired without fanaticism, set up a kingdom without politics, set men free from the world without asceticism, was a teacher without theology, at a time of fanaticism and politics, asceticism and theology, is the great miracle of his person, and that he who preached the Sermon on the Mount declared himself in respect of his life and death, to be the Redeemer and Judge of the world, is the offence and foolishness which mock all reason.

The twisted features, eyeless and locked in an endless scream, mocked him from the ashy ground.

Choose then between the vengeance of Atene and her love, since I am not minded to be mocked in my own land as a wanton who sought a stranger and was--refused.

Instead, Michel was imprisoned in the scriptorium while his squire, Aumery, led the knight-brothers in a mock melee.

The man currently occupying the Judean throne was Herod Agrippa, grandson of Herod the Great, and nephew of Herod Antipas who had slain the Baptist and mocked the Nazarene.

Thus she laughed and mocked, and the Basha, hearing her, took shame of his crawling fears, and made a poor show of joining her.

The basher would find a reason to delay any citizen from entering the shop whenever a Mocker was inside.

Connetable de Montmorency, Calvin, the three Colignys, Theodore de Beze, she needed to possess and to display the rare qualities and precious gifts of a statesman under the mocking fire of the Calvinist press.

While the poets cast mocking glances at one another, while Greflinger whistled a tune, while Birken smiled with moist lips, Schneuber waxed offensive under his breath, and Lauremberg inquired what had become of young Scheffler.

Now it made Billy mad to have a goat mock everything he did, so he bleated for him to stop immediately or he would hook him down the front stair.

Jacob told Rebekah later that Esau and his Canaanite friends later mocked what Father had said.

As they drove across the Square it seemed almost to have been frozen in a cataleptic silence, the bulbous clusters of the street lamps around the Square burned with a hard and barren radiance--a ghastly mocking of life, of metropolitan gaiety, in a desert scene from which all life had by some pestilence or catastrophe of nature been extinguished.

I would almost as soon believe with the old and ignorant cosmogonists, that fossil shells had never lived, but had been created in stone so as to mock the shells now living on the sea-shore.