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  1. a mocking imitation of someone or something, usually light and good-humored; lampoon or parody: The show was a spoof of college life.
  2. a hoax; prank.
verb (used with object)
  1. to mock (something or someone) lightly and good-humoredly; kid.
  2. to fool by a hoax; play a trick on, especially one intended to deceive.
verb (used without object)
  1. to scoff at something lightly and good-humoredly; kid: The campus paper was always spoofing about the regulations.

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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Examples from the Web for spoof

Contemporary Examples of spoof

Historical Examples of spoof

  • But I thought it was just one of these bloomin' spoof entrainments.

    Changing Winds

    St. John G. Ervine

  • He thought I was going to rag him about the spoof he'd played off on the nurse.

    Our Casualty And Other Stories

    James Owen Hannay, AKA George A. Birmingham

  • But don't bother to spoof yourself about me; I shall be all right, really.

  • "Here are some letters, Mr. Spoof," said Jean, extending the little bundle.


    Robert Stead

  • Spoof evidently meant to sell his life dearly, if there should be any demand for it.


    Robert Stead

British Dictionary definitions for spoof


  1. a mildly satirical mockery or parody; lampoona spoof on party politics
  2. a good-humoured deception or trick; prank
  1. to indulge in a spoof of (a person or thing)
  2. 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

"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.

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