spoof

[spoof]

noun

a mocking imitation of someone or something, usually light and good-humored; lampoon or parody: The show was a spoof of college life.
a hoax; prank.

verb (used with object)

to mock (something or someone) lightly and good-humoredly; kid.
to fool by a hoax; play a trick on, especially one intended to deceive.

verb (used without object)

to scoff at something lightly and good-humoredly; kid: The campus paper was always spoofing about the regulations.

Nearby words

  1. spontaneous pneumothorax,
  2. spontaneous recovery,
  3. spontaneous version,
  4. spontaneously,
  5. spontoon,
  6. spoofery,
  7. spoofing,
  8. spook,
  9. spooky,
  10. spool

Origin of spoof

First recorded in 1885–90; after a game invented and named by Arthur Roberts (1852–1933), British comedian

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British Dictionary definitions for spoof

spoof

noun

a mildly satirical mockery or parody; lampoona spoof on party politics
a good-humoured deception or trick; prank

verb

to indulge in a spoof of (a person or thing)
to communicate electronically under a false identity
Derived Formsspoofer, noun

Word Origin for spoof

C19: coined by A. Roberts (1852–1933), English comedian, to designate a game of his own invention

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Word Origin and History for spoof

spoof

n.

"hoax, deception," 1884, spouf, name of a game invented by British comedian Arthur Roberts (1852-1933); sense of "a parody, satirical skit or play" is first recorded 1958, from verb in this sense, attested from 1914.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper