taunt / tônt/ • n. a remark made in order to anger, wound, or provoke someone.• v. [tr.] provoke or challenge (someone) with insulting remarks: students began taunting her about her weight. ∎ reproach (someone) with something in a contemptuous way: she had taunted him with going to another man.DERIVATIVES: taunt·er n.taunt·ing·ly adv.
Hence taunt vb. †answer back; reproach scornfully. XVI.