[ as-truh-turf-ing ]
/ ˈæs trəˌtɜrf ɪŋ /


the act or process of installing Astroturf on a surface.
(usually lowercase) the deceptive tactic of simulating grassroots support for a product, cause, etc., undertaken by people or organizations with an interest in shaping public opinion: In some countries astroturfing is banned, and this includes sponsored blog posts.

Origin of Astroturfing

First recorded in 1985–90; Astroturf + -ing1

Related forms

as·tro·turf·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for astroturfing


/ (ˈæstrəʊˌtɜːfɪŋ) /


a PR tactic used in politics and advertising in which actors are paid to display overt and apparently spontaneous grassroots support for a particular product, policy, or event

Derived Forms

astroturfer, noun

Word Origin for astroturfing

C21: from Astroturf, the artificial grass, as this is artifical grassroots support
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