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


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 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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Slang definitions & phrases for spoofing

sponge off

verb phrase

To live off someone else or take advantage of them without offering compensation: sponged off her for years


  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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throw in the sponge

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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spoofing in Technology

A technique used to reduce network overhead, especially in wide area networks (WAN).
Some network protocols send frequent packets for management purposes. These can be routing updates or keep-alive messages. In a WAN this can introduce significant overhead, due to the typically smaller bandwidth of WAN connections.
Spoofing reduces the required bandwidth by having devices, such as bridges or routers, answer for the remote devices. This fools (spoofs) the LAN device into thinking the remote LAN is still connected, even though it's not. The spoofing saves the WAN bandwidth, because no packet is ever sent out on the WAN.
LAN protocols today do not yet accommodate spoofing easily.
["Network Spoofing" by Jeffrey Fritz, BYTE, December 1994, pages 221 - 224].
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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