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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 spoofing

Contemporary Examples of spoofing

Historical Examples of spoofing

  • It always made him angry to find that they were "spoofing" him.

    The Highgrader

    William MacLeod Raine

  • If you are spoofing me I run the certainty of court martial.

  • But then, perhaps this grim joker, Yancey, was spoofing a bit.

    Aces Up

    Covington Clarke

  • "Afraid he's spoofing us," Kilmeny said with a laugh as he moved out in his waders against the current.

    The Highgrader

    William MacLeod Raine

  • “Old Noah may have been spoofing us,” Penny began, but just then Sara gave a little cry.

    Saboteurs on the River

    Mildred A. Wirt

British Dictionary definitions for spoofing


  1. the act or an instance of impersonating another person on the internet or via email


  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 spoofing



"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