Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary
1

hoax

play
verb \ˈhōks\

Simple Definition of hoax

  • : to trick or deceive (someone)

Full Definition of hoax

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to trick into believing or accepting as genuine something false and often preposterous

hoax·er noun

Examples of hoax

  1. <a skilled forger who hoaxed the art world into believing that the paintings were long-lost Vermeers>



Origin of hoax

probably contraction of hocus


First Known Use: circa 1796

Rhymes with hoax


2

hoax

noun

Simple Definition of hoax

  • : an act that is meant to trick or deceive people

Full Definition of hoax

  1. 1 :  an act intended to trick or dupe :  imposture

  2. 2 :  something accepted or established by fraud or fabrication

Examples of hoax

  1. The bomb threat is probably a hoax, but we should still evacuate the building.

  2. She was the victim of a cruel hoax.



1808

First Known Use of hoax

1808


HOAX Defined for Kids

1

hoax

play
verb \ˈhōks\

Definition of hoax

hoaxedhoax·ing

  1. :  to trick into thinking something is true or real when it isn't




2

hoax

play
noun

Definition of hoax

  1. 1 :  an act meant to fool or deceive

  2. 2 :  something false passed off as real





Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up hoax? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

February 5, 2016

bread traditionally eaten on Shabbat

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

image1037863653

Which of the following refers to thin, bending ice, or to the act of running over such ice?

kittly-benders spindrift pince-nez duvet
Name That Thing

10 quick questions: hear them, spell them, and see how your skills compare to the crowd.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ