- something intended to deceive or defraud: The Piltdown man was a scientific hoax.
- to deceive by a hoax; hoodwink.
Origin of hoax
First recorded in 1790–1800; perhaps contraction of hocus
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1. deception, fraud, fake, imposture, humbug.
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Examples from the Web for hoaxer
Whether Te'o is the hoaxer behind the fake girlfriend, or was himself hoaxed, the question remains: why on earth . . . ?Fake Girlfriends and Other Dangerous Fabrications
January 16, 2013
And he gently pushed me toward the door, taking me for a hoaxer or a madman.Artists' Wives
This, by the way, was a compromising statement on our hoaxer's part.
He received the thousand francs from Florentine and returned to bet on his hoaxer.A Start in Life
Honore de Balzac
Your Parisian hoaxer likes a dash of Grand Guignol horrors in his jokelet.Swirling Waters
My chattering friend here occasionally asks them, and he is a hoaxer.Unicorns
- a deception, esp a practical joke
- (tr) to deceive or play a joke on (someone)
C18: probably from hocus
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Word Origin and History for hoaxer
1796 (v.), 1808 (n.), probably an alteration of hocus "conjurer, juggler" (1630s), or directly from hocus-pocus. Related: Hoaxed; hoaxing.
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