scoff Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

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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] UK (US scarf) informal to ​eat something ​quickly and ​eagerly: I ​baked a ​hugecake this ​morning, and the ​kids scoffed the lot.
noun [C usually plural] uk   us  
Despite the scoffs of her ​colleagues, the ​experiment was ​completelysuccessful.
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 Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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scoffverb [I]

 us   /skɔf, skɑf/
to ​speak about someone or something in a way which ​shows that you have no ​respect for that ​person or thing: The ​coach scoffed at the ​notion that he was about to ​resign.
(Definition of scoff from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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