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Mok, Mock(e, n. Also: moik. [Late ME. (c 1440) and e.m.E. mokk, mok, mock(e, f. Mok v.]

1. An act of mockery or derision, a derisive action or speech.See also Mow n.3 3 for further examples. a1500 Colk. Sow i. 309.
Joly Mertene with a mok
15.. Christis K. 29 (B). 1560 Rolland Seven S. 4569.
Say ȝe that for ane mock?
1561 Q. Kennedy Compendious Ressonyng (ed.) 177/5.
Quhat Christiane man may pacientlie thoill sic intollerable mokkis and leys?
a1568 Wedderburn Bann. MS. 260b/57.
Scho plaid with me buk hud With mony scornis and mokkis behind my bak
a1570-86 Arbuthnot Maitl. F. xxix. 79.
Quhen I the mokkis of vther men behald Ȝea ofttymes man I lauch suppois I irk
1570 Sat. P. xxii. 78. 1579, 1617 Despauter (1579).
Scomma, a mock
?a1640 Copie of a Baron's Court 31.
Your worship hears, who can abide his mocks?
1603 Philotus § clv.
Jock, That mowit my dochter for a mock
Colvil 1681 Whigs' Suppl. (1757) 62.
Other some got mocks and scorns By giving to their landlords horns

b. In phrases with verbs: = to mock, deride.(To make or do) a mock; (to make) a mock (at); (to forge, give, make) a mock (to a person or const. indirect obj.); (to mak) a mock (of something).(1) c1500-c1512 Dunb. xlix. 45.
Wyvis thus makis mokkis Spynnand on rokkis
1540 Lynd. Sat. 1656.
Mak diligence, me think ȝe do bot mocks
(2) a1500 Henr. Fab. 143 (Makc.).
A fuyll … Quhilk at sciens makis bot a mok [Ch. moik] & scorne
c1500-c1512 Dunb. Tua Mar. W. 279.
In to my mynd makand mokis at that mad fader
1562-3 Winȝet I. 58/33.
In forgeing a mok to me mony mylis fra him, calling me Procutar for the Papistis
a1568 Scott ii. 141.
Than every man gaif Will a mok And said he wes our meik
a1568 Jok & Jynny 14.
Muder, ȝone man makis ȝow a mok
a1568 Balnavis Bann. MS. 139a/63.
Quhen thay thé se thay bleir thyne e And makis at thé ane mok
(3) 1655 Aberd. Eccl. Rec. 136.
He did mack ane moke of repentance by putting in of sneishen in his eyes to make them tear

2. An object of derision, a joke or laughing-stock. 1513 Doug. vi. i. 146.
For dreid al turn bot til a mok or bourdis [L. ludibria]
1584 Sempill Sat. P. xlv. 127.
They hald it still vp for a mocke, How Maister Patrik fedd his flock

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