[ lam-poon ]
/ læmˈpun /


a sharp, often virulent satire directed against an individual or institution; a work of literature, art, or the like, ridiculing severely the character or behavior of a person, society, etc.

verb (used with object)

to mock or ridicule in a lampoon: to lampoon important leaders in the government.

Origin of lampoon

1635–45; < French lampon, said to be noun use of lampons let us guzzle (from a drinking song), imperative of lamper, akin to laper to lap up < Germanic; see lap3


lam·poon·er, lam·poon·ist, nounlam·poon·er·y, nounun·lam·pooned, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for lampoon

/ (læmˈpuːn) /


a satire in prose or verse ridiculing a person, literary work, etc


(tr) to attack or satirize in a lampoon

Derived forms of lampoon

lampooner or lampoonist, nounlampoonery, noun

Word Origin for lampoon

C17: from French lampon, perhaps from lampons let us drink (frequently used as a refrain in poems)
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