[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. lampern,
  2. lampers,
  3. lampion,
  4. lamplight,
  5. lamplighter,
  6. lamppost,
  7. lamprey,
  8. lamprophonic,
  9. lamprophony,
  10. lamprophyre

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

Related formslam·poon·er, lam·poon·ist, nounlam·poon·er·y, nounun·lam·pooned, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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 Formslampooner 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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