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hoax

[hohks] /hoʊks/
noun
1.
something intended to deceive or defraud:
The Piltdown man was a scientific hoax.
verb (used with object)
2.
to deceive by a hoax; hoodwink.
Origin of hoax
1790-1800
1790-1800; perhaps contraction of hocus
Related forms
hoaxer, noun
unhoaxed, adjective
Synonyms
1. deception, fraud, fake, imposture, humbug.
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  • He received the thousand francs from Florentine and returned to bet on his hoaxer.

    A Start in Life Honore de Balzac
  • And he gently pushed me toward the door, taking me for a hoaxer or a madman.

    Artists' Wives Alphonse Daudet
  • This, by the way, was a compromising statement on our hoaxer's part.

  • My chattering friend here occasionally asks them, and he is a hoaxer.

    Unicorns James Huneker
  • Your Parisian hoaxer likes a dash of Grand Guignol horrors in his jokelet.

    Swirling Waters Max Rittenberg
British Dictionary definitions for hoaxer

hoax

/həʊks/
noun
1.
a deception, esp a practical joke
verb
2.
(transitive) to deceive or play a joke on (someone)
Derived Forms
hoaxer, noun
Word Origin
C18: probably from hocus
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Word Origin and History for hoaxer

hoax

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

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