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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
1885-90; after a game invented and named by Arthur Roberts (1852-1933), British comedian Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • It always made him angry to find that they were "spoofing" him.

    The Highgrader William MacLeod Raine
  • If you are spoofing me I run the certainty of court martial.

  • "Afraid he's spoofing us," Kilmeny said with a laugh as he moved out in his waders against the current.

    The Highgrader William MacLeod Raine
  • But then, perhaps this grim joker, Yancey, was spoofing a bit.

    Aces Up Covington Clarke
  • “Old Noah may have been spoofing us,” Penny began, but just then Sara gave a little cry.

    Saboteurs on the River Mildred A. Wirt
  • "The mammals were already existent on the earth, as you know—" Suddenly he broke off, as he realized that Dodd was spoofing him.

British Dictionary definitions for spoofing


the act or an instance of impersonating another person on the internet or via email


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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for spoofing



"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 spoofing



To gain access electronically to a computer deceptively and perhaps illegally: I thought someone might be electronically impersonating him, a practice that is known online as ''spoofing''/ The technique is called ''spoofing'' because it fools a computer into thinking that another, friendly computer is requesting access (1990s+ Computer)



  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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spoofing in Technology

A technique used to reduce network overhead, especially in wide area networks (WAN).
Some network protocols send frequent packets for management purposes. These can be routing updates or keep-alive messages. In a WAN this can introduce significant overhead, due to the typically smaller bandwidth of WAN connections.
Spoofing reduces the required bandwidth by having devices, such as bridges or routers, answer for the remote devices. This fools (spoofs) the LAN device into thinking the remote LAN is still connected, even though it's not. The spoofing saves the WAN bandwidth, because no packet is ever sent out on the WAN.
LAN protocols today do not yet accommodate spoofing easily.
["Network Spoofing" by Jeffrey Fritz, BYTE, December 1994, pages 221 - 224].

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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