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hoax

[ hohks ]
/ hoʊks /
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noun

something intended to deceive or defraud: The Piltdown man was a scientific hoax.

verb (used with object)

to deceive by a hoax; hoodwink.

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Origin of hoax

First recorded in 1790–1800; perhaps contraction of hocus

OTHER WORDS FROM hoax

hoaxer, nounun·hoaxed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for hoax

hoax
/ (həʊks) /

noun

a deception, esp a practical joke

verb

(tr) to deceive or play a joke on (someone)

Derived forms of hoax

hoaxer, noun

Word Origin for hoax

C18: probably from hocus
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