[ 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.
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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
OTHER WORDS FROM lampoonlam·poon·er, lam·poon·ist, nounlam·poon·er·y, nounun·lam·pooned, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for lampoonery
/ (læmˈpuːn) /
a satire in prose or verse ridiculing a person, literary work, etc
(tr) to attack or satirize in a lampoon
Derived forms of lampoonlampooner 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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