|Origin:||Probably from a Scandinavian language|
1 [intransitive and transitive]
to laugh at a person or idea, and talk about them in a way that shows you think they are stupid [= make fun of]
David scoffed at her fears.
Officials scoffed at the idea.
'You, a scientist!' he scoffed.
2 [transitive] British English informal
to eat something very quickly:
She scoffed the plate of biscuits.