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[spoof] /spuf/
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
1885-90; after a game invented and named by Arthur Roberts (1852-1933), British comedian Unabridged
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Examples from the web for spoof
  • The spoof uses similar pill packaging, actors and even the same pink chairs, sneakers and yoga mats depicted in the real ad.
  • Either the site is a spoof or someone is seeing things.
  • The procedures need to be good enough that people can't spoof it.
  • Invading aliens seek to control the minds of viewers at a sci-fi film festival in this monster spoof.
  • Or, if you can't access the database you need, you could discuss ways to spoof a database for testing.
  • From the outset a didactic, or spoof-didactic, rhetoric permeates his modes of address.
  • The letter may have been a spoof, but the thought probably occurred to them.
  • Turns out it has a delightfully self-deprecating sister, a blog post spoof on praise songs.
  • Current technology makes it possible to spoof a telephone number to display as the source of the call.
  • But there's more than one way to spoof a news medium.
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
Derived Forms
spoofer, noun
Word Origin
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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Slang definitions & phrases for spoof


  1. (also sponger) A parasite; freeloader, moocher, schnorrer: You avoided college boys, sponges (1598+)
  2. A drunkard; soak (1900+)

: We were able to sponge lots of meals off his parents (1676+)

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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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spoof in Technology
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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