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scoff

verb uk   /skɒf/ us    /skɑːf/

scoff verb (LAUGH)

[I] to laugh and speak about a person or idea in a way that shows that you think they are stupid or silly: The critics scoffed at his paintings. Years ago people would have scoffed at the idea that cars would be built by robots.

scoff verb (EAT)

[T] (US also scarf) informal to eat something quickly and eagerly: I baked a huge cake this morning, and the kids scoffed the lot.
scoff
noun [C usually plural] uk   us  
Despite the scoffs of her colleagues, the experiment was completely successful.
scoffer
noun [C usually plural] uk   /ˈskɒf.ər/ us    /ˈskɑː.fɚ/
I was able to prove the scoffers wrong.
(Definition of scoff from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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