transitive verb[with object]
1Tease or laugh at in a scornful or contemptuous manner.
ridicule, jeer at, sneer at, deride, treat with contempt, treat contemptuously, scorn, make fun of, poke fun at, laugh at, make jokes about, laugh to scorn, scoff at, pillory, be sarcastic about, tease, taunt, make a monkey of, rag, chaff, jibe atsneering, derisive, contemptuous, scornful, sardonic, insulting, satirical, sarcastic, ironic, ironical, quizzical, teasing, tauntingView synonyms
- ‘he mocks them as Washington insiders’
- 1.1Make (something) seem laughably unreal or impossible.
- ‘at Christmas, arguments and friction mock our pretense at peace’
- 1.2Mimic (someone or something) scornfully or contemptuously.
parody, ape, guy, take off, caricature, satirize, lampoon, imitate, mimicView synonyms
- ‘he ought to find out who used his name, mocked his voice, and aped a few of his guitar lines’
1Not authentic or real, but without the intention to deceive.‘a mock-Georgian red brick house’
imitation, artificial, man-made, manufactured, simulated, synthetic, ersatz, plastic, so-called, fake, false, faux, reproduction, replica, facsimile, dummy, model, toy, make-believe, sham, spurious, bogus, counterfeit, fraudulent, forged, pseudo, pretendedView synonyms
- ‘Jim threw up his hands in mock horror’
- ‘As the cop turns to leave, the punk's screams change from mock protest to real anger.’
- ‘We ate fish served with a salad and baked potatoes, followed by a dessert of real strawberries in mock cream (made up from powdered milk).’
- ‘The popularity of this enduring musical is evident in the audience, who clap and cheer every song and gasp in mock horror at the untimely death of one of the heroes at the close of the play.’
- ‘‘What are you implying,’ roars the actor in mock horror.’
- ‘She feigned shock and gasped in mock horror.’
- ‘She slapped her hands to her cheeks in mock horror.’
- ‘Holly brought a hand to her mouth in mock horror.’
- ‘Matt opened his eyes wide and turned to me in mock horror.’
- ‘She looked at me in mock horror, and threw her pillow at me.’
- ‘She gasped in mock horror, widening her eyes and her mouth forming an ‘o’ shape.’
- ‘I sat up so I could see her, a look of mock horror on my face.’
- ‘Arturo raised his hands to his mouth in mock horror.’
- ‘They screamed in mock horror when they went past the roaring Abominable snowman and leaned into every turn.’
- ‘Mattie gasped, fluttering a hand over his heart, his large eyes growing wide in mock horror.’
- ‘The boys looked at Will in mock horror and disgust, moving away from Will ever so slightly in supposed contempt.’
- ‘Jay widened his eyes in mock horror, holding his hands up in front of his chest.’
- 1.1(of an examination, battle, etc.) arranged for training or practice, or performed as a demonstration.‘Dukakis will have a mock debate with Barnett’
simulated, feigned, pretended, practice, trial, mock, make-believeView synonyms
- ‘Last month re-enactors staged a mock battle at the site, as a testing ground before the full festival on September 23 and 24 next year.’
- ‘Various re-enactment groups, from Vikings to 20th century, will liven up the event with mock battles and drills.’
- ‘This video is funny, like the guys on donkeys, but becomes chilling as the children engage in their mock battle.’
- ‘In this mock battle, the men try their best not to get captured.’
- ‘With mock examinations and mid-term breaks over the next few weeks very few games have been arranged.’
- ‘Artificial lakes were often created and ships conducted a mock battle (called the Naumachia).’
- ‘He will be a fine knight, if his show at the mock battle was not a fluke.’
- ‘She began to punch and kick the air in mock battle.’
- ‘Instead, faces decorated in warrior paint, the participants enact mock battle situations in their movements, exercising their frustrations in a better way.’
- ‘We have mock battles with each other on a daily basis.’
- ‘The mock battle began with shots shouted back and forth.’
- ‘As groups of youths prepared for a carnivalesque mock battle that was to have been the popular centre-piece for one of these festivals, the celebrations turned into a riot.’
- ‘And the Club offer mock interviews to pupils who are preparing to start jobs or university.’
- ‘The competition consists of the school teams going head to head in a mock trial with a real judge acting as adjudicator.’
- ‘Students walked to the stage and faced this mock interview under the full glare of those who had gathered at the college auditorium.’
- ‘Since then, he has had to undergo a number of interviews, mock breakdown scenarios and mechanical tests.’
- ‘The final module is on interview preparation, including mock exercises and exam papers.’
- ‘So they put me through a mock interview and at the end of it I was invited and then offered the position.’
- ‘Go through a mock interview with a friend or peer.’
- ‘It was armed with a cache of stuffed animals and sparkles with the intent of staging a mock siege of the fenced-in leaders.’
An object of derision.
- ‘he has become the mock of all his contemporaries’
- make a mock of
Hold up to scorn or ridicule.
- ‘stop making a mock of other people's business’
- mock up
mock something up, mock up somethingMake a replica or imitation of something.
Late Middle English from Old French mocquer ‘deride’.