Taunt (?), a. [Cf. OF. tant so great, F. tant so much, L. tantus of such size, so great, so much.] Naut.

Very high or tall; as, a ship with taunt masts.



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Taunt (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Taunted; p. pr. & vb. n. Taunting.] [Earlier, to tease; probably fr. OF. tanter to tempt, to try, for tenter. See Tempt.]

To reproach with severe or insulting words; to revile; to upbraid; to jeer at; to flout.

When I had at my pleasure taunted her. Shak.

Syn. -- To deride; ridicule; mock; jeer; flout; revile. See Deride.


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Taunt, n.

Upbraiding language; bitter or sarcastic reproach; insulting invective.

With scoffs, and scorns, and contemelious taunts. Shak.

With sacrilegious taunt and impious jest. Prior.


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