Definition of taunt :
1. To reproach with severe or insulting words; to revile; to upbraid; to jeer at; to flout.
2. Upbraiding language; bitter or sarcastic reproach; insulting invective.
3. Very high or tall; as, a ship with taunt masts.
devil, sit, torment, drum up, bait, badger, chide, treat well, tantalise, take to task, summon, twirp, dupe, dun, pester, laughter, backchat, trounce, crucify, abuse, allusion, twit, hinge on, get at, beat up, comment, reject, nark, mobilise, ribbing, rebound, slang, turn on, respect, bon mot, hassle, chew up, hector, acknowledgment, put on, mount, fluff, heckle, banter, tease apart, hinge upon, bullyrag, scold, badinage, put one across, lambaste, muster up, fling, wave the red flag in front of the bull, chafe, fool, reproof, trample, nettle, take in, beleaguer, muster, taunting, do someone wrong, bug, tantalize, hound, card, put one over, gull, vex, depend on, cod, kick around, annoy, call up, barb, call down, befool, mobilize, call on the carpet, reprimand, drive, chaff, bromide, devolve on, needle, grind down, get to, oppress, aside, tease, hit out, lecture, back talk, bother, jaw, gravel, rebuke, have words, irritate, twerp, rally, depend upon, rile, lambast, bawl out, dress down, haze, bedevil, shove around, loosen, remonstrate, berate, chew out, frustrate, mistreat, come up, raillery, afterthought
ridicule (part of speech: verb)
irreverence, mock, abasement burlesque, deprecate, deride, flippancy, quip, gibe, joke, insult, denigration, sneer, travesty, shame, humiliation, caricature, mockery, jesting, irony, contempt, denigrate, deprecation, derision, burlesque, razz, roast, disgrace, humiliate, fun, ride, kid, mimic, scoff, jeer, sneering, indignity, ridicule, jest, rag, scorn
- " Sir," I said with consummate dignity in the face of this reiterated taunt, " I have stolen nothing-" M. le Juge's hand was already on the bell- pull. - "Castles in the Air", Baroness Emmuska Orczy.
- Christmas in the East Side tenements begins with the sunset on the " Holy Eve," except where the name is as a threat or a taunt. - "Children of the Tenements", Jacob A. Riis.
- Ah, but she knew nothing of her child; let her revelations be what they may, this secret is not his to taunt me with. - "Lily Pearl and The Mistress of Rosedale", Ida Glenwood.