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[hohks] /hoʊks/
something intended to deceive or defraud:
The Piltdown man was a scientific hoax.
verb (used with object)
to deceive by a hoax; hoodwink.
Origin of hoax
First recorded in 1790-1800; perhaps contraction of hocus
Related forms
hoaxer, noun
unhoaxed, adjective
1. deception, fraud, fake, imposture, humbug. Unabridged
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  • He was running, Fenwick thought, from the fear that there might be no hoax.

    The Great Gray Plague Raymond F. Jones
  • It was a hoax which should have far-reaching results, on a gigantic scale.

    Watch the Sky James H. Schmitz
  • In the end the whole thing was found to be a hoax and to have been organised by the spiritualist's friends.

    Occultism and Common-Sense Beckles Willson
  • But first it may be well to describe briefly the origin of the hoax.

    Myths and Marvels of Astronomy Richard A. Proctor
  • It may be this is simply a foolish attempt at a hoax, Hilyer.

    The Wonderful Visit Herbert George Wells
British Dictionary definitions for hoax


a deception, esp a practical joke
(transitive) to deceive or play a joke on (someone)
Derived Forms
hoaxer, noun
Word Origin
C18: probably from hocus
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for hoax

1796 (v.), 1808 (n.), probably an alteration of hocus "conjurer, juggler" (1630s), or directly from hocus-pocus. Related: Hoaxed; hoaxing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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