taunt 1 (tônt)
tr.v. taunt·ed, taunt·ing, taunts
1. To reproach in a mocking, insulting, or contemptuous manner: taunted her for wearing hand-me-down clothes. See Synonyms at ridicule.
a. To drive or incite (a person) by taunting: His friends taunted him into asking for a raise.
b. To tease and excite sexually: taunted him with glimpses of skin.
A scornful remark; a jeer.
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