A short list of people not to taunt: your big brother, cops, nightclub bouncers, dragons. Taunts are insulting comments, and, unless you are a really, really fast runner, keep them to yourself.

Taunting is often associated with large groups picking on an individual. A mob might call out a hated king from his castle with taunts and jeers. Taunting the weak is a high-school phenomenon that teachers, administrators, parents, and students are working together to stop.

Definitions of taunt

v harass with persistent criticism or carping

bait, cod, rag, rally, razz, ride, tantalise, tantalize, tease, twit
barrack, flout, gibe, jeer, scoff
laugh at with contempt and derision
banter, chaff, jolly, josh, kid
be silly or tease one another
Type of:
bemock, mock
treat with contempt

n aggravation by deriding or mocking or criticizing

taunting, twit
Type of:
aggravation, irritation, provocation
unfriendly behavior that causes anger or resentment

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