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.
to mock (something or someone) lightly and good-humoredly; kid.
to fool by a hoax; play a trick on, especially one intended to deceive.
to trick (electronic devices, as radar), by interrupting or otherwise corrupting data in order to avoid detection.
Digital Technology. to misrepresent (the identity of a party or the origin of data) in a communication, in order to misdirect digital authentication or other security measures: Hackers spoofed the IP to fool the network into providing access.Suspects spoofed caller ID when they phoned in the anonymous threats.The sender’s email address was spoofed to fool the company’s spam filters.: Compare phish.
to scoff at something lightly and good-humoredly; kid: The campus paper was always spoofing about the regulations.
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How to use spoof in a sentence
Rainbow is best known for spoof interviews that blend musical parodies and political satire from a progressive perspective.
Rather than going with pure spoof, Truth Seekers will apparently take its horror aspects seriously.Here’s the trailer, release date for Simon Pegg/Nick Frost sitcom Truth Seekers | Jennifer Ouellette | September 24, 2020 | Ars Technica
Those six years cover the time since “Serial,” the true crime podcast, captured enough mainstream attention to merit a spoof on Saturday Night Live.Hot Pod creator Nick Quah on the ‘massive gap’ between podcast monetization and engagement | Pierre Bienaimé | July 28, 2020 | Digiday
The highly anticipated sixth season of the hilarious spy-spoof will premiere on FX at 10 pm EST on January 8, 2015.‘Archer’ Season 6 Exclusive: Watch Six ‘Certified’ Videos and See the FX Series’ New Key Art | Marlow Stern | November 24, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
To that end, you should be sure to watch Charles spoof Aaron Sorkin, who wrote Sports Night, on Inside Amy Schumer.Josh Charles on Life After ‘The Good Wife’ and His Insane Movie ‘Bird People’ | Kevin Fallon | September 13, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
But really, these heroes of hilarity past put the oof in “spoof.”
In this hilarious spoof, Schwarzenegger joins fake QVC host Jimmy Fallon to promote two items, a blender and a Slap Chop.Arnold Schwarzenegger, Cartoon Theme Songs and More Viral Videos | The Daily Beast Video | March 29, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The purpose of a spoof is to attract consumers outside the normal demographic with a comedic, sexualized take on a known brand.The Art of Smutty Spoofs: Porn Parodies Aren’t a Joke Anymore | Aurora Snow | March 15, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
I constructed a "spoof" egg of white enamelled metal, with hinges that opened when a catch was touched.
spoof the whole thing again, especially spoofing ourself for having ever taken it seriously.Shandygaff | Christopher Morley
Lidar detects shape directly and shape fluctuations such as vibration and motion and has proven very hard to spoof.Shock and Awe | Harlan K. Ullman
We quit work early that afternoon, hitched the oxen to the wagon, and went down en masse to call on spoof.Neighbours | Robert Stead
While we were busy thinking of some appropriate remark spoof remembered his bundle of papers.Neighbours | Robert Stead
British Dictionary definitions for spoof
a mildly satirical mockery or parody; lampoon: a spoof on party politics
a good-humoured deception or trick; prank
to indulge in a spoof of (a person or thing)
to communicate electronically under a false identity
- spoofer, noun
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