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Definitionto 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.
- They taunted her until she responded physically, and then they beat her up.
- "Go ahead, hit me!" he taunted.Ben Mikaeslen -- Touching Spirit Bear
- Troy taunts him. He sticks out his head and offers him a target.August Wilson -- Fences
- 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
- LARRY—(stung—furiously) Look out how you try to taunt me back into life, I warn you!Eugene O'Neill -- The Iceman Cometh
- 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
- The taunt, the beginning of the old cat-and-mouse game.Robert Cormier -- The Chocolate War
- 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
- Have I lived to stand at the taunt of one that makes fritters of English?William Shakespeare -- The Merry Wives of Windsor
- The Jamaican children would taunt the Chinese children.Malcolm Gladwell -- Outliers
- And so on with taunts, oaths, laughter, arguments, according to the varying fortunes and difficulties of the game.Theodore Dreiser -- An American Tragedy
- Have we no more gravity among us than to be so chafed by the taunt of a pajock?C.S. Lewis -- The Horse and His Boy
- At night the messengers came in to taunt them and to knock their shaven heads together.Chinua Achebe -- Things Fall Apart
taunts = insults or other actions intended to anger, challenge, or upset someone
taunted = angered with insults and challenges
taunted = intentionally challenging and angering someone
taunts = angers or challenges
taunting = intentionally angering, challenging, or upsetting
taunt = anger
taunting = intentionally angering, challenging, or upsetting someone
taunt = mean teasing (intentionally angering, challenging, or upsetting)