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[spoof] /spuf/
a mocking imitation of someone or something, usually light and good-humored; lampoon or parody:
The show was a spoof of college life.
a hoax; prank.
verb (used with object)
to mock (something or someone) lightly and good-humoredly; kid.
to fool by a hoax; play a trick on, especially one intended to deceive.
verb (used without object)
to scoff at something lightly and good-humoredly; kid:
The campus paper was always spoofing about the regulations.
Origin of spoof
First recorded in 1885-90; after a game invented and named by Arthur Roberts (1852-1933), British comedian Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for spoof
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  • But I thought it was just one of these bloomin' spoof entrainments.

    Changing Winds

    St. John G. Ervine
  • He thought I was going to rag him about the spoof he'd played off on the nurse.

    Our Casualty And Other Stories James Owen Hannay, AKA George A. Birmingham
  • But don't bother to spoof yourself about me; I shall be all right, really.

    The Making of a Prig Evelyn Sharp
  • "Here are some letters, Mr. spoof," said Jean, extending the little bundle.

    Neighbours Robert Stead
  • spoof evidently meant to sell his life dearly, if there should be any demand for it.

    Neighbours Robert Stead
British Dictionary definitions for spoof


a mildly satirical mockery or parody; lampoon: a spoof on party politics
a good-humoured deception or trick; prank
to indulge in a spoof of (a person or thing)
to communicate electronically under a false identity
Derived Forms
spoofer, noun
Word Origin
C19: coined by A. Roberts (1852–1933), English comedian, to designate a game of his own invention
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Word Origin and History for spoof

"hoax, deception," 1884, spouf, name of a game invented by British comedian Arthur Roberts (1852-1933); sense of "a parody, satirical skit or play" is first recorded 1958, from verb in this sense, attested from 1914.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for spoof



  1. : Don't take it seriously, it was just a spoof (1884+)
  2. A parody or pastiche; send-up, takeoff: The show was a spoof of a TV sit-com (1958+)


To fool; hoax; tease: He was just spoofing (1889+)

[coined by the British comedian Arthur Roberts, born 1852, as the name of a nonsense game he invented]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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