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.

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



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



a mildly satirical mockery or parody; lampoona 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
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.

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