Scoff vs Grunt - What's the difference?

scoff | grunt |


As nouns the difference between scoff and grunt

is that scoff is derision; ridicule; a derisive or mocking expression of scorn, contempt, or reproach or scoff can be (south africa) food while grunt is a short, snorting sound, often to show disapproval, or used as a reply when one is reluctant to speak.

As verbs the difference between scoff and grunt

is that scoff is to jeer; laugh at with contempt and derision or scoff can be (british) to eat food quickly while grunt is to make a grunt or grunts.

scoff

English

Etymology 1

From (etyl) scof/skof, of Scandinavian origin. Compare (etyl) skaup, Danish skuffelse(noun)/skuffe(verb) and Old High German scoph.

Noun

(en noun)
  • Derision; ridicule; a derisive or mocking expression of scorn, contempt, or reproach.
  • * Shakespeare
  • With scoffs , and scorns, and contumelious taunts.
  • * 1852 , The Dublin University Magazine (page 66)
  • There were sneers, and scoffs , and inuendoes of some; prophecies of failure in a hundred ways
  • An object of scorn, mockery, or derision.
  • * Cowper
  • The scoff of withered age and beardless youth.
    Synonyms
    * derision, ridicule * See also

    Verb

  • To jeer; laugh at with contempt and derision.
  • * Goldsmith
  • Truth from his lips prevailed with double sway, / And fools who came to scoff , remained to pray.
    Synonyms
    * contemn, deride, sneer

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl).

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • (South Africa) Food.
  • Verb

  • (British) To eat food quickly.
  • (South Africa) To eat.
  • Synonyms
    * (eat quickly) (l), (l) (US)

    See also

    * scuff

    grunt

    English

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • A short, snorting sound, often to show disapproval, or used as a reply when one is reluctant to speak.
  • The snorting cry of a pig.
  • Any fish of the perciform family Haemulidae.
  • (label) An infantry soldier. (From the verb, just like all the other senses.)
  • Derived terms

    * grunt boy * grunt work

    Verb

    (en verb) * Frequentative: gruntle
  • To make a grunt or grunts.
  • * Shakespeare
  • To make a grunt or grunts.
  • To break wind; to fart.
  • References

    ---- ==Norwegian Bokmål==

    Adjective

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