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

lampoon

play
noun lam·poon \lam-ˈpün\

Simple Definition of lampoon

  • : a piece of writing, a cartoon, etc., that mocks or makes fun of a well-known person or thing

Full Definition of lampoon

  1. :  satire 1; specifically :  a harsh satire usually directed against an individual

Examples of lampoon

  1. He said such ridiculous things that he was often the target of lampoons in the press.

  2. <this classic musical is a lampoon of the movie business at the time when sound was introduced>



Origin of lampoon

French lampon


First Known Use: 1645


2

lampoon

verb lam·poon

Simple Definition of lampoon

  • : to publicly criticize (someone or something) in a way that causes laughter : to mock or make fun of (someone or something)

Full Definition of lampoon

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to make the subject of a lampoon :  ridicule

lam·poon·er noun
lam·poon·ery play \-ˈpü-nə-rē, -ˈpün-rē\ noun

Examples of lampoon

  1. The politician was lampooned in cartoons.



Circa 1657

First Known Use of lampoon

circa 1657



Seen and Heard

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

WORD OF THE DAY

February 10, 2016

to put in good humor

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 duvet pince-nez
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