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



BrE BrE//tɔːnt//
; NAmE NAmE//tɔːnt//
Describing unpleasant traits, School life
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an insulting or unkind remark that is intended to make somebody angry or upset Black players often had to endure racist taunts. She ignored his taunt. Their taunts stung him into his best performance for the team yet. See related entries: Describing unpleasant traits, School life Word Originearly 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’.
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