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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ I left three pies in the fridge and someone's scoffed the lot!
▪ But it seems we consoled ourselves by scoffing more chocs.
▪ In the morning they'd knocked the glass down and scoffed the lot.
▪ Initially this was scoffed at as farfetched conjecture, but gradually it has received grudging respect and empirical support.
▪ Many people scoffed at predictions that it would draw 12 million people a year by 1985.
▪ Now, as on other occasions, David had scoffed at her fears.
▪ Reenie Kelleher, a New York native, scoffed at it for the first five winters she spent in Cambridge.
▪ She used to scoff the whole plate when she came round.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Scoff \Scoff\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Scoffed (?; 115); p. pr. & vb. n. Scoffing.] [Cf. Dan. skuffe to deceive, delude, Icel. skopa to scoff, OD. schoppen. See Scoff, n.] To show insolent ridicule or mockery; to manifest contempt by derisive acts or language; -- often with at.

Truth from his lips prevailed with double sway, And fools who came to scoff, remained to pray.

God's better gift they scoff at and refuse.

Syn: To sneer; mock; gibe; jeer. See Sneer.


Scoff \Scoff\ (?; 115), n. [OE. scof; akin to OFries. schof, OHG. scoph, Icel. skaup, and perh. to E. shove.]

  1. Derision; ridicule; mockery; derisive or mocking expression of scorn, contempt, or reproach.

    With scoffs, and scorns, and contumelious taunts.

  2. An object of scorn, mockery, or derision.

    The scoff of withered age and beardless youth.


Scoff \Scoff\, v. t. To treat or address with derision; to assail scornfully; to mock at.

To scoff religion is ridiculously proud and immodest.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

mid-14c., "jest, make light of something;" mid-15c., "make fun of, mock," from the noun meaning "contemptuous ridicule" (c.1300), from a Scandinavian source such as Old Norse skaup, skop "mockery, ridicule," Middle Danish skof "jest, mockery;" perhaps from Proto-Germanic *skub-, *skuf- (cognates: Old English scop "poet," Old High German scoph "fiction, sport, jest, derision"), from PIE *skeubh- "to shove" (see shove (v.)).


Etymology 1 n. 1 derision; ridicule; a derisive or mocking expression of scorn, contempt, or reproach. 2 An object of scorn, mockery, or derision. vb. To jeer; laugh at with contempt and derision. Etymology 2

n. (context South Africa English) food. vb. 1 (context British English) To eat food quickly. 2 (context South Africa English) To eat.

  1. n. showing your contempt by derision [syn: jeer, jeering, mockery, scoffing]

  2. v. laugh at with contempt and derision; "The crowd jeered at the speaker" [syn: jeer, flout, barrack, gibe]

  3. treat with contemptuous disregard; "flout the rules" [syn: flout]


Scoff or SCOFF may refer to:

  • SCOFF questionnaire for screening eating disorders
  • "Scoff" a song by Nirvana on their album Bleach
  • Fellatio colloquial for oral sex

Usage examples of "scoff".

Here was my wife, who had secretly aided and abetted her son in his design, and been the recipient of his hopes and fears on the subject, turning to me, who had dared to utter a feeble protest or two only to be scoffed at, and summarily sat upon, asking if the game was really safe.

Dugo Bagy, and Dugo Bagy to them, the Sullustan scoffed down his drink and started to move away.

She had scoffed at such tales, until she had felt the euphoric touch of the Blessed Sandoval.

The men were content to scoff in silence while they gazed at a fancified Eastern woman.

When their knavery is found out people turn it into a joke and laugh, but in the midst of the merriment another mountebank makes his appearance, who does something more wonderful than those who preceded him, and he makes his fortune, whilst the scoffing of the people is in abeyance.

Christmas tyme, or other vnreuerent persons at any other tyme, presume to come into the church vnreuerently playing their lewd partes, with scoffing, iesting, or rebaldry talke, and, if any such haue alredy offended herein, to present them and their names to the ordinary.

Senator Lauch Faircloth was even worse, scoffing at the notion that Williams and Thomases could have had so many phone conversations about Vince Foster just to share their grief.

His companionship disdains ceremonious livery, scorns ribbands, and scoffs at gew-gaws.

So it means the notion Molto offered two days ago which I scoffed at is actually possible: Hobie could have been the source of the very leak for which he blasted the state on the first day of the trial, the story revealing that Eddgar was the target of the shooting.

And from that sport of the heroes such scoffs do the women fling at the men in that island whenever they propitiate with sacrifices Apollo the gleaming god, the warder of Anaphe.

Reverend Violet Swandown, considered by the orthodox as containing guidance and comfort for the soul under all possible circumstances,--these works were openly scoffed at and derided.

She was alarmed by the rabble that thronged the streets--and the noise, but Ty1er scoffed at her fears.

Out-Country on foot, jumping aboard little townlets in the hope it would be London that scoffed them.

It was easy to imagine that this desolate region, not frequented by mankind, was the playground of unbenign spirits, and he fancied, as the Pacha had done, that elfish beings scoffed among the pines upon the plain.

And to none of these masters, insisted Myron, when he defended himself against the scoffing of Ora or the incomprehension of Effie May, would an unemptied ash-tray be unimportant!