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Date: 1300-1400
Origin: Probably from a Scandinavian language

scoff

verb
     
scoff
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]
scoff at
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.

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