Definitions of taunting

  1. abusing vocally; expressing contempt or ridicule; " derisive laughter"; " a jeering crowd"; " her mocking smile"; " taunting shouts of ` coward' and ` sissy'"
  2. aggravation by deriding or mocking or criticizing
  3. of Taunt
  4. a. & amp; n. from Taunt, v.
  5. a. & n. from Taunt, v.
  6. Treating with severe reflections; upbraiding.
  7. Addressing in bitter or insulting words.

Usage examples for taunting

  1. Dick stood upright by Fielding's side, listening to the taunting words with a face that was indeed like a death- mask- save for the eyes that glowed vividly, terribly, with something of a tigerish glare. – The Obstacle Race by Ethel M. Dell
  2. " Speak for yourself," said Sidney, with a taunting bitterness. – Peccavi by E. W. Hornung
  3. And, indeed, take it altogether, I do not know where to find in the same space a finer vindication of Puritan pulpit ethics than just in this taunting and terrifying attack on Faithful. – Bunyan Characters First Series by Alexander Whyte
  4. Morton, having just risen from his game badly worsted by Molly, who could never refrain from taunting her conquered foe, was glad to make a digression by bringing both the hip- boots and a long worsted scarf, as well, and after the father had passed out came to his older sister's side. – Sara, a Princess by Fannie E. Newberry
  5. Two red boys came by, and paused to cry at her, taunting her as if she, too, were to meet the fate of a war captive. – The Road to Frontenac by Samuel Merwin
  6. At times her mother petted and caressed her, and again, in a fit of ill- humor, drove her from the room, taunting her with the strong resemblance which she bore to the man whom she had once called father! – Homestead on the Hillside by Mary Jane Holmes
  7. Every trifling neglect, every proud look, every taunting word, brought the colour to her cheek, and a host of painful recollections to her mind; and though too gentle to retaliate, she thought over them in private till they seemed almost unendurable, and she was often on the point of leaving Mr Harrington's house and seeking for another situation. – Amy Herbert by Elizabeth Sewell
  8. As I sat in the pulpit beside our pastor, listening to the tremulous tones of the organ which followed the prayer, and gazing at the sea of upturned faces, they seemed taunting me with all the wild pranks of my boyhood, and crying " Oh fool and hypocrite." – The Gentleman from Everywhere by James Henry Foss
  9. Father Benart opened his mouth to call out a reproof to the women, who joined in taunting the unfortunate girl, but changed his mind. – Francezka by Molly Elliot Seawell
  10. The taunting one that swept us into laughter! – Porzia by Cale Young Rice
  11. As I sat with my head upon my hands, the jewels I had stuck in my jumper fell to the floor and lay there taunting me with their sparkling splendour. – A Crime of the Under-seas by Guy Boothby
  12. " Would be happy to oblige you," Frank said, in a taunting voice; " but, 'pon my word, it isn't at all convenient." – Ten Nights in a Bar Room by T. S. Arthur
  13. The knights had gone on their way, and when they saw the Infantes coming towards them bringing with them the mules and the rich robes of their wives, they began to fear that some evil deed had been done, and they all crowded round them, taunting them with their cowardice, and threatening to fight them. – The Boy's Book of Heroes by Helena Peake
  14. Forrester, among others, was taunting Jeffreys with a bad piece of play, and threw something at him. – A Dog with a Bad Name by Talbot Baines Reed
  15. Derry had only one idea- to escape from that taunting voice. – The Tin Soldier by Temple Bailey
  16. If the front rank did not advance fast enough, the rear would give them a shove or a kick to urge them on, all the time making significant and not very complimentary signs to us to come on shore and fight them, while they tried to express their supreme contempt for us by every means in their power, shouting out taunting words, and abusing us in no measured terms. – Hurricane Hurry by W.H.G. Kingston
  17. Full of rage, I would plead guilty by my silence to her taunting accusation, but I was thoroughly miserable, for I did not see any cause for that extraordinary change in her feelings, being conscious that I had not given her any motive for it. – The Memoires of Casanova, Complete The Rare Unabridged London Edition Of 1894, plus An Unpublished Chapter of History, By Arthur Symons by Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  18. Suspicious looks and taunting sneers, innuendos and broad suggestions all came to her with exceeding bitterness. – By Berwen Banks by Allen Raine