- a humorous or satirical imitation of a serious piece of literature or writing: his hilarious parody of Hamlet's soliloquy.
- the genre of literary composition represented by such imitations.
- a burlesque imitation of a musical composition.
- any humorous, satirical, or burlesque imitation, as of a person, event, etc.
- the use in the 16th century of borrowed material in a musical setting of the Mass (parody Mass).
- a poor or feeble imitation or semblance; travesty: His acting is a parody of his past greatness.
- to imitate (a composition, author, etc.) for purposes of ridicule or satire.
- to imitate poorly or feebly; travesty.
Origin of parody
Examples from the Web for parodying
That no one under the age of, say, 30 would have any clue what Rudd and Poehler were parodying.The Romantic Comedy Is Dead
July 7, 2014
He was parodying what was called in those days the folk music boom.Before the Earthquake Hit: When The Beatles Landed in America
January 29, 2014
Is Shriver parodying this hardened genre—hysterical realism—or is she re-creating it?This Week’s Hot Reads: March 30, 2012
April 2, 2012
The motley fool is as wise as the melancholy lord whom he is parodying.
Parodying a verse of Euripides on the stream of Dirce in Bœotia.The Teaching of Epictetus
But we have all of us frequent occasion to say, parodying Mrs. Peachem's remark, that we are bitter bad judges of ourselves.
Charged with parodying the rites, she was summoned before the Areiopagus.
Some of the Romances of Renard are insipid; others possess a satiric and parodying spirit that is extremely diverting.Initiation into Literature
- a musical, literary, or other composition that mimics the style of another composer, author, etc, in a humorous or satirical way
- mimicry of someone's individual manner in a humorous or satirical way
- something so badly done as to seem an intentional mockery; travesty
- (tr) to make a parody of
Word Origin and History for parodying
c.1745, from parody (n.). Related: Parodied; parodying.
1590s (first recorded use in English is in Ben Jonson), from or in imitation of Latin parodia "parody," from Greek paroidia "burlesque song or poem," from para- "beside, parallel to" (see para- (1), in this case, "mock-") + oide "song, ode" (see ode). The meaning "poor or feeble imitation" is from 1830. Related: Parodic; parodical.
In art, music, or literature, a satire that mimics the style of its object.