verb (used with object)
Origin of hoax
Examples from the Web for hoax
Jacintha Saldanha died in 2012, after receiving the hoax call to a London hospital treating the Duchess of Cambridge.
Hardly anyone, certainly no polite person, ever mentions the Tawana Brawley hoax anymore.
Are American leaders to pretend now that they perpetrated a hoax on Ukrainian leaders?Les Gelb Puts Russia in Its Place—and Critics in Theirs|Leslie H. Gelb|April 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
At the time, authorities in Leizhou denied the reports, asserting that the newspaper had been the victim of a hoax.Why Do Chinese Oligarchs Secretly Love Illegal Tiger Meat?|Jake Adelstein|March 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
If this is all a hoax, Detweiler is a master of the charade.The Mystery of FluteDrop: D.J. Detweiler Pairs Miley Cyrus With Woodwinds|Gideon Resnick|March 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Does that look as if I tried to hoax the world for sordid gain, as my enemies would like the public to believe?
I was declared a brazen cheat who had concocted the most colossal lie of ages whereby to hoax an entire world for gain.
The next time Mrs. Traynor receives a sudden message about her baby it will not be a hoax.The Mask|Arthur Hornblow
It was difficult for her to make up her mind whether or not the entire arrangement was a hoax.
There is always a reason for wanting to perpetrate the hoax, or a reason for believing it will be believed.Mince PieAuthor: Christopher Darlington MorleyRelease Date: October 10, 2004 [eBook #13694]|Christopher Darlington Morley
British Dictionary definitions for hoax
Word Origin for hoax
Word Origin and History for hoax
1796 (v.), 1808 (n.), probably an alteration of hocus "conjurer, juggler" (1630s), or directly from hocus-pocus. Related: Hoaxed; hoaxing.