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Meaning of TAUNT

Pronunciation:  tont

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  aggravation by deriding or mocking or criticizing
  2. [v]  harass with persistent criticism or carping; "The children teased the new teacher"; "Don't ride me so hard over my failure"; "His fellow workers razzed him when he wore a jacket and tie"

TAUNT is a 5 letter word that starts with T.


 Synonyms: bait, cod, rag, rally, razz, ride, tantalise, tantalize, taunting, tease, twit, twit
 See Also: aggravation, banter, barrack, bemock, chaff, flout, gibe, irritation, jeer, jolly, josh, kid, mock, provocation, scoff



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Taunt\, a. [Cf. OF. tant so great, F. tant so much, L.
    tantus of such size, so great, so much.] (Naut.)
    Very high or tall; as, a ship with taunt masts. --Totten.
  2. \Taunt\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Taunted}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Taunting}.] [Earlier, to tease; probably fr. OF. tanter to
    tempt, to try, for tenter. See {Tempt}.]
    To reproach with severe or insulting words; to revile; to
    upbraid; to jeer at; to flout.
          When I had at my pleasure taunted her.   --Shak.
    Syn: To deride; ridicule; mock; jeer; flout; revile. See
  3. \Taunt\, n.
    Upbraiding language; bitter or sarcastic reproach; insulting
          With scoffs, and scorns, and contemelious taunts.
          With sacrilegious taunt and impious jest. --Prior.