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[lam-poon] /læmˈpun/
a sharp, often virulent satire directed against an individual or institution; a work of literature, art, or the like, ridiculing severely the character or behavior of a person, society, etc.
verb (used with object)
to mock or ridicule in a lampoon:
to lampoon important leaders in the government.
Origin of lampoon
1635-45; < French lampon, said to be noun use of lampons let us guzzle (from a drinking song), imperative of lamper, akin to laper to lap up < Germanic; see lap3
Related forms
lampooner, lampoonist, noun
lampoonery, noun
unlampooned, adjective
1. See satire. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for lampoon
  • Many readers seem to believe that this lampoon is typical and true of all universities.
  • It is his blog, and he has the right to lampoon bad cartoon political humor.
  • The web has yet to meet a serious idea it couldn't lampoon.
  • On the other hand, maybe they agree to confess immediately in order to lampoon the accusations against them.
  • So they lampoon him as a cuckoo, asocial, almost autistic buffoon but simultaneously as an archetypal unscrupulous entrepreneur.
  • Comedy was used both to support and lampoon social causes.
British Dictionary definitions for lampoon


a satire in prose or verse ridiculing a person, literary work, etc
(transitive) to attack or satirize in a lampoon
Derived Forms
lampooner, lampoonist, noun
lampoonery, noun
Word Origin
C17: from French lampon, perhaps from lampons let us drink (frequently used as a refrain in poems)
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Word Origin and History for lampoon

1640s, from French lampon (17c.), of unknown origin, said by French etymologists to be from lampons "let us drink," popular refrain for scurrilous 17c. songs, from lamper "to drink, guzzle," a nasalized form of laper "to lap," from a Germanic source akin to lap (v.). Also see -oon.


1650s, from lampoon (n.), or else from French lamponner, from the Middle French noun. Related: Lampooned; lampooning.

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