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verb [intransitive] scoff pronunciation in American English /skɑf/
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present tense
I/you/we/theyscoff
he/she/itscoffs
present participlescoffing
past tensescoffed
past participlescoffed
  1. to laugh or say things to show that you think someone or something is stupid or deserves no respect
    It’s easy to scoff when you haven’t tried it yourself.
    scoff at: Economic analysts scoff at claims that inflation is on the rise.
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