noun \ˈtnt, ˈtänt\

Definition of TAUNT

:  a sarcastic challenge or insult

First Known Use of TAUNT

circa 1527

Rhymes with TAUNT


transitive verb

: to say insulting things to (someone) in order to make that person angry

Full Definition of TAUNT

:  to reproach or challenge in a mocking or insulting manner :  jeer at
taunt·er noun
taunt·ing·ly \ˈtn-tiŋ-lē, ˈtän-\ adverb

Origin of TAUNT

perhaps from Middle French tenter to try, tempt — more at tempt
First Known Use: 1539

Synonym Discussion of TAUNT

ridicule, deride, mock, taunt mean to make an object of laughter of. ridicule implies a deliberate often malicious belittling <consistently ridiculed everything she said>. deride suggests contemptuous and often bitter ridicule <derided their efforts to start their own business>. mock implies scorn often ironically expressed as by mimicry or sham deference <youngsters began to mock the helpless wino>. taunt suggests jeeringly provoking insult or challenge <hometown fans taunted the visiting team>.
TAUNT Defined for Kids


noun \ˈtnt\

Definition of TAUNT for Kids

:  a mean insulting remark



Definition of TAUNT for Kids

:  to make fun of or say insulting things to


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