Adjective "taunted" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


A remark made in order to anger, wound, or provoke someone.
  1. 'Throughout his high school years in the nearby town of Bay Minette, he weathered the taunts and teases of classmates for being gay.'
  2. 'The character voices and taunts are annoying and lame.'
  3. 'And Stine just kept right on provoking him with taunts and derision.'
  4. 'I was humiliated, and dealing with the endless taunts from my classmates led me to overeat.'
  5. 'They returned to the hall in time for the next item on the agenda, amid jeers and taunts from the Treasury benches.'
  6. 'Her first day was filled with jeering and taunts but she remained patient with them.'
  7. 'However, my racial background did not bring taunts from my classmates.'
  8. 'Sandra stayed at home, away from the taunts and jibes of her white schoolfellows, and illicitly befriended the children of the family's black nanny.'
  9. 'Each character also has their share of taunts, but the taunts get repetitive quickly and become annoying.'
  10. 'Meanwhile, the Polish-born Sophie is made miserable by the racist taunts of classmates.'


Provoke or challenge (someone) with insulting remarks.
  1. 'taunting comments'
  2. 'A thousand ways to insult and taunt him came to my mind, but I kept quiet.'
  3. 'From afar they began to taunt the crowd in the square, chanting, ‘We own this country now,’ and ordering the people in the opposition crowd to return to their homes.'
  4. 'The seven man, five woman jury rejected a call to convict him of manslaughter on the grounds of his claims that he was provoked by his wife taunting him about affairs.'
  5. 'He had insulted her, taunted her, hurt her, broken her down, threatened her…'
  6. 'Imagine if your colleagues all began to taunt you, all of the time, every day.'
  7. 'They began taunting the friends and threatening them, before launching a physical attack.'
  8. 'When my mum wasn't in the room he would always say snide remarks, taunting me.'
  9. 'It was under the pressure of people in the audience hurling drunken comments, taunting him, wanting him to fail, expecting him to fall apart.'
  10. 'She began to taunt me, of all people, for actually trying not to get her killed, which didn't rank her high on my good side at that moment.'
  11. 'When he finally made it to the stage to alternately flip his hair and continue sneering, he began taunting the crowd and encouraging them to pump their fists - then the sound promptly gave out.'
  12. 'True, not everybody loves her; there are some who taunt her with sarcastic parodies, bilious caricatures, and scathing articles.'
  13. 'He loathes food critics, loves a fight and taunts women with his arrogance and charm.'

More definitions

1. to reproach in a sarcastic, insulting, or jeering manner; mock.

2. to provoke by taunts; twit. noun

3. an insulting gibe or sarcasm; scornful reproach or challenge.

4. Obsolete. an object of insulting gibes or scornful reproaches.

More examples(as adjective)

"unmercifullies can be taunted."

"officialdoms can be taunted."

"hundredses can be taunted."


(taunt)Early 16th century: 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’.