- 1[intransitive, transitive] scoff (at somebody/something) | + speech to talk about somebody/something in a way that makes it clear that you think they are stupid or ridiculous synonym mock He scoffed at our amateurish attempts. Don't scoff—she's absolutely right.
- 2(British English) (North American English scarf) [transitive] scoff (something) (informal) to eat a lot of something quickly Who scoffed all the grapes? See related entries: Hunger Word Origin sense 1 Middle English (first used as a noun in the sense ‘mockery, scorn’): perhaps of Scandinavian origin. sense 2 late 18th cent. (as a verb): originally a variant of Scots and dialect scaff. The noun is from Afrikaans schoff, representing Dutch schoft
BrE BrE//skɒf//; NAmE NAmE//skɔːf//, NAmE//skɑːf//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they scoff
BrE BrE//skɒf//; NAmE NAmE//skɔːf//, NAmE//skɑːf//he / she / it scoffs
BrE BrE//skɒfs//; NAmE NAmE//skɔːfs//, NAmE//skɑːfs//past simple scoffed
BrE BrE//skɒft//; NAmE NAmE//skɔːft//, NAmE//skɑːft//past participle scoffed
BrE BrE//skɒft//; NAmE NAmE//skɔːft//, NAmE//skɑːft//-ing form scoffing
BrE BrE//ˈskɒfɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈskɔːfɪŋ//, NAmE//ˈskɑːfɪŋ//Hunger