verb \ˈhōks\

: to trick or deceive (someone)

Full Definition of HOAX

transitive verb
:  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



: an act that is meant to trick or deceive people

Full Definition of HOAX

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

First Known Use of HOAX



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