hoax

[ hohks ]
/ hoʊks /

noun

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

verb (used with object)

to deceive by a hoax; hoodwink.

Origin of hoax

First recorded in 1790–1800; perhaps contraction of hocus

Related forms

hoax·er, nounun·hoaxed, adjective
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hoax

/ (həʊks) /

noun

a deception, esp a practical joke

verb

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

Derived Forms

hoaxer, noun

Word Origin for hoax

C18: probably from hocus
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