* (l) (obsolete)
An imitation, usually of lesser quality.
Mockery, the act of mocking.
* Bible, Proverbs xiv. 9
A practice exam set by an educating institution to prepare students for an important exam.
- Fools make a mock at sin.
- He got a B in his History mock , but improved to an A in the exam.
To mimic, to simulate.
- To see the life as lively mocked' as ever / Still sleep ' mocked death.
To make fun of by mimicking, to taunt.
* Bible, 1 Kings xviii. 27
- Mocking marriage with a dame of France.
- Elijah mocked them, and said, Cry aloud.
To tantalise, and disappoint (the hopes of).
* Bible, Judges xvi. 13
- Let not ambition mock their useful toil.
* 1597 , William Shakespeare, Henry IV , Part II, Act V, Scene III:
- Thou hast mocked me, and told me lies.
* 1603 , William Shakespeare, Othello , Act III, Scene III:
- And with his spirit sadly I survive, / to mock the expectations of the world; / to frustrate prophecies, and to raze out / rotten opinion
* 1667 , John Milton, Paradise Lost :
- "It is the greene-ey'd Monster, which doth mocke / The meate it feeds on."
- Why do I overlive? / Why am I mocked with death, and lengthened out / to deathless pain?
* 1765 , Benjamin Heath, A revisal of Shakespear's text , page 563 (a commentary on the "mocke the meate" line from Othello):
- He will not / Mock us with his blest sight, then snatch him hence.
* 1812 , The Critical Review or, Annals of Literature , page 190:
- ‘Mock’ certainly never signifies to loath. Its common signification is, to disappoint.
- The French revolution indeed is a prodigy which has mocked the expectations both of its friends and its foes. It has cruelly disappointed the fondest hopes of the first, nor has it observed that course which the last thought that it would have pursued.
* See also
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Imitation, not genuine; fake.
From (etyl) (m), partly from (etyl) . More at (m); see also (m).
(obsolete) Mass; church service.
A quantity of food set on a table at one time; provision of food for a person or party for one meal; also, the food given to an animal at one time.
- A mess of pottage.
A number of persons who eat together, and for whom food is prepared in common; especially, persons in the military or naval service who eat at the same table.
- At their savoury dinner set / Of herbs and other country messes .
* 1610 , , IV. iv. 11:
- the wardroom mess
A set of four (from the old practice of dividing companies into sets of four at dinner).
- But that our feasts / In every mess have folly, and the feeders / Digest it with accustom,
(US) The milk given by a cow at one milking.
* Eton mess
* lose the number of one's mess
* mess hall
* mess up
* Mills Mess
(label) To take meals with a mess.
(label) To belong to a mess.
(label) To eat (with others).
(label) To supply with a mess.
Perhaps a corruption of (etyl) , compare (muss), or derived from Etymology 1 "mixed foods, as for animals".
A disagreeable mixture or confusion of things; hence, a situation resulting from blundering or from misunderstanding; a disorder.
(label) A large quantity or number.
* see also
(label) To make a mess of.
(label) To throw into confusion.
(label) To interfere.
(terms derived from "mess")
* mess around
* mess up
* mess with