- 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 hoaxing
Williams looked at her doubtingly, and still feared she was hoaxing him.
His friend watched the lips of the other passengers to see who was hoaxing them.Chicken Little Jane
Lily Munsell Ritchie
It was the biggest hoax, the climax of the long course of hoaxing.War's Brighter Side
But we suspect that some one has been hoaxing you about the four Turkeys.
How could you be so wicked as to go on hoaxing her like that?Ayala's Angel
- 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 hoaxing
1796 (v.), 1808 (n.), probably an alteration of hocus "conjurer, juggler" (1630s), or directly from hocus-pocus. Related: Hoaxed; hoaxing.
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