- something intended to deceive or defraud: The Piltdown man was a scientific hoax.
- to deceive by a hoax; hoodwink.
Origin of hoax
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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.Kate Prank Call DJ Tells of Death Threats
October 13, 2014
Hardly anyone, certainly no polite person, ever mentions the Tawana Brawley hoax anymore.Al Sharpton: I’m No Snitch
April 8, 2014
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
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?
March 31, 2014
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
March 5, 2014
What an odd thing it would be, aunt, if this should be all a hoax!'
Then it is no hoax after all; and I've been sitting down to dinner with a smuggler!'
I found it in vain to question him, and I suspect it is a hoax.
"It does not sound like a hoax," commented Admiral Timworth, at last.Dave Darrin on Mediterranean Service
H. Irving Hancock
Almost immediately it was announced that the news of the victory had been a hoax.Dross
Henry Seton Merriman
- a deception, esp a practical joke
- (tr) to deceive or play a joke on (someone)
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.