[ lam-poon ]
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  1. 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)
  1. to mock or ridicule in a lampoon: to lampoon important leaders in the government.

Origin of lampoon

First recorded in 1635–45; from 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,” from Germanic; see lap3

synonym study For lampoon

1. See satire.

Other words from lampoon

  • lam·poon·er, lam·poon·ist, noun
  • lam·poon·er·y, noun
  • un·lam·pooned, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use lampoon in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for lampoon


/ (læmˈpuːn) /

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

  1. (tr) to attack or satirize in a lampoon

Origin of lampoon

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

Derived forms of lampoon

  • lampooner or lampoonist, noun
  • lampoonery, noun

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