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spoof

[spoof] /spuf/
noun
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)
3.
to mock (something or someone) lightly and good-humoredly; kid.
4.
to fool by a hoax; play a trick on, especially one intended to deceive.
verb (used without object)
5.
to scoff at something lightly and good-humoredly; kid:
The campus paper was always spoofing about the regulations.
Origin
1885-1890
1885-90; after a game invented and named by Arthur Roberts (1852-1933), British comedian
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British Dictionary definitions for spoofs

spoof

/spuːf/
noun
1.
a mildly satirical mockery or parody; lampoon: a spoof on party politics
2.
a good-humoured deception or trick; prank
verb
3.
to indulge in a spoof of (a person or thing)
4.
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 spoofs

spoof

n.

"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 spoofs

sponge

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

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

Related Terms

throw in the sponge


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