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Mok, v. Also: mock(e, moke. [Late ME. (a 1450) and e.m.E. mock, moke, mokk-, moque, OF. mocquer (F. moquer).]

1. tr. To ridicule, deride, scorn, to make fun of, in words or action.(a) a1500 Colk. Sow iii. 87.
Mene ȝe to mok my sone & me?
1513 Doug. v. v. 54.
Hys schyp … Mokkyt and schent [L. irrisam sine honore], scho cummys hame ful slaw
Id. Direct. 22.
I … mokkyt behynd my bak
1549 Compl. 39/20.
Than the maueis maid myrtht, for to mok the merle
1560 Rolland Seven S. 4079. 1561 Q. Kennedy Comnpendious Ressonyng (ed.) 179/26.
The clayth quhair with oure Salveouris face was cled quhen he was mokkit and scornit
1562-3 Winȝet I. 56/32. Ib. 59/22. 1567 G. Ball. 153.
I was … as ane fule mockit, Euill tocheit and rockit
Ib. 185.
For haly scripture alluterlie we haif mockit And with traditiounis of men we haif thame ȝockit
1567 Sat. P. xxxiii. 322.
In hir hart scho did hir cummers mok
1569 Reg. Privy C. II. 14. a1578 Pitsc. I. 119/24. Ib. II. 68/27. 1581 Hamilton in Cath. Tr. (S.T.S.) 90/22. 1606 Crim. Trials II. 505.
Sum young menne begane to mok this Ringan be steilling out of his sword and putting ȝokis of egis in the skabert quhairby the samin wald not draw
1629 Kirkcaldy Presb. 54.
It may be seine how these men … doe bot mock the presbytrie
(b) c 1515 Williamson in Doug. (Sm.) I. p. xxii.
The Frens men now mokis and scowrnys Scottismen for ther labour
1571 Lanark B. Rec. 55. a1578 Pitsc. I. 82/31.

b. intr. To express derision, to scoff, jeer. Also const. at.(1) a1500 Colk. Sow i. 192.
Sum mokit, menȝeit, & merrit
a1570-86 Scott Maitl. F. xciii. 68.
Sum of ȝow mokkis and skornis
1569-73 Bann. Mem. 55.
Ane grit multitude, quhairof some, … ar assemblit to gest and mocke
1638 A. Cant Sermon in Kerr Covenants & Covenanters (1895) 103.
Numbers mocked and thought themselves over jelly to come in
(2) 1513 Doug. vii vii. 63.
The ȝyng man mokkand at the prophetes
Ib. viii. ix. 63. 1568 Hosack Mary Q. of Scots 545.
To offer trew counsale quhair it was wilfullie reiectit and mockit at

2. tr. To delude, deceive, fool. c1475 Wall. viii. 1412.
In spech off luff suttell ye Sotheroun ar; Ye can ws mok, suppos ye se no mar
1513 Doug. vii. vii. 44.
Sen thou [Turnus] art mokkit, go down bet in feld The ostis of Hethruria
1560 Rolland Seven S. 6257.
Ȝe hard how the King … was mockit be the maisters in plane
a1578 Pitsc. I. 56/12.
Quhene scho persaueit hir self mokit in this maner throw high displesour of hir husbandis slaughter scho pairtit wntymouslie witht ane deid bairne
a1597-1617 Hist. Jas. VI (M.C.) 353.
But the scollers replyit … thay war mokkit of the first eight dayis prevelage

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