Definition of taunt verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

taunt

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verb
BrE BrE//tɔːnt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//tɔːnt//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they taunt
BrE BrE//tɔːnt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//tɔːnt//
 
he / she / it taunts
BrE BrE//tɔːnts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//tɔːnts//
 
past simple taunted
BrE BrE//ˈtɔːntɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtɔːntɪd//
 
past participle taunted
BrE BrE//ˈtɔːntɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtɔːntɪd//
 
-ing form taunting
BrE BrE//ˈtɔːntɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtɔːntɪŋ//
 
Describing unpleasant traits, School life
 
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taunt somebody to try to make somebody angry or upset by saying unkind things about them, laughing at their failures, etc. The other kids continually taunted him about his size. See related entries: Describing unpleasant traits, School life Word Origin early 16th cent.: from French tant pour tant ‘like for like, tit for tat’, from tant ‘so much’, from Latin tantum, neuter of tantus. An early use of the verb was ‘exchange banter’.Extra examples ‘Running away?’he taunted softly. Some of the girls taunted her about her weight. The other children taunted him with nicknames.
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