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Definition to intentionally anger, challenge, or upset someone — especially by mocking them or hurling insults

or (as a noun): an insult or other action intended to anger, challenge, or upset someone

More rarely, taunt can be used as a noun to refer to something said or done to mock, criticize, and/or tease.
  • She used Twitter to taunt the opposing candidate.
taunt = intentionally anger, challenge, or upset someone
  • Don't let their taunts get to you.
  • taunts = insults or other actions intended to anger, challenge, or upset someone
  • They taunted her until she responded physically, and then they beat her up.
  • taunted = angered with insults and challenges
  • "Go ahead, hit me!" he taunted.
    Ben Mikaeslen  --  Touching Spirit Bear
  • taunted = intentionally challenging and angering someone
  • Troy taunts him. He sticks out his head and offers him a target.
    August Wilson  --  Fences
  • taunts = angers or challenges
  • Sure enough, there was Janina in the middle of the street, squatting on her haunches, hurling her voice, thumbing her nose at Buffo, taunting him in perfect imitation of me.
    Jerry Spinelli  --  Milkweed
  • taunting = intentionally angering, challenging, or upsetting
  • ...and they taunted me with, "Do you really kiss trees? Didn't you know you're supposed to kiss boys?"
    Sharon Creech  --  Walk Two Moons
  • taunted = teased (in an upsetting way)
  • LARRY—(stung—furiously) Look out how you try to taunt me back into life, I warn you!
    Eugene O'Neill  --  The Iceman Cometh
  • taunt = anger
  • Megan and Christy taunted Beth Ann with, "Did you really tell Mary Lou that kisses taste like chicken?"
    Sharon Creech  --  Walk Two Moons
  • taunted = teased (in an upsetting way)
  • At night, dreams of the empty space began taunting him.
    Ben Mikaeslen  --  Touching Spirit Bear
  • "Or you'll what?" Cole taunted.
    Ben Mikaeslen  --  Touching Spirit Bear
  • "You're usually too drunk to know your own name!" Cole knew these words guaranteed him a terrible beating the next time he was alone, but still he taunted his father with a smirk.
    Ben Mikaeslen  --  Touching Spirit Bear
  • The taunting breaks out into a wild, savage dance, with epithets hurled at Anita,
    Arthur Laurents and Stephen Sondheim  --  Westside Story
  • taunting = intentionally angering, challenging, or upsetting someone
  • The taunt, the beginning of the old cat-and-mouse game.
    Robert Cormier  --  The Chocolate War
  • taunt = mean teasing (intentionally angering, challenging, or upsetting)
  • Which was Puller's purpose behind the taunts.
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day
  • He couldn't concentrate at work, he said, and he had received taunts and insults from strangers.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • He had robbed the body of its taint, the world's taunts of their sting; he had shown her the holiness of direct desire.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Room With A View
  • The Jamaican children would taunt the Chinese children.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • Have I lived to stand at the taunt of one that makes fritters of English?
    William Shakespeare  --  The Merry Wives of Windsor
  • And so on with taunts, oaths, laughter, arguments, according to the varying fortunes and difficulties of the game.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy

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