hoax

[hohks]
verb (used with object)
  1. to deceive by a hoax; hoodwink.

Origin of hoax

First recorded in 1790–1800; perhaps contraction of hocus
Related formshoax·er, nounun·hoaxed, adjective

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hoax

noun
  1. a deception, esp a practical joke
verb
  1. (tr) to deceive or play a joke on (someone)
Derived Formshoaxer, noun

Word Origin for hoax

C18: probably from hocus
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Word Origin and History for hoaxing

hoax

1796 (v.), 1808 (n.), probably an alteration of hocus "conjurer, juggler" (1630s), or directly from hocus-pocus. Related: Hoaxed; hoaxing.

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