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hoax

verb \ ˈhōks \
Updated on: 14 Apr 2018

Definition of hoax

: to trick into believing or accepting as genuine something false and often preposterous
  • were hoaxed by the website

hoaxer

noun

Examples of hoax in a Sentence

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

Origin and Etymology of hoax

probably contraction of hocus

hoax Synonyms

Antonyms

undeceive;

Phrases

do a number on, lead one down the garden path (also lead one up the garden path), pull one's leg, pull the wool over one's eyes;


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hoax

noun

Definition of hoax

1 : an act intended to trick or dupe : imposture
  • the victim of a cruel hoax
  • assumed the bomb threat was just a hoax
2 : something accepted or established by fraud or fabrication
  • believes the Loch Ness Monster is a hoax
  • a literary hoax

Examples of hoax in a Sentence

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

  2. She was the victim of a cruel hoax.

Recent Examples of hoax from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of hoax

see 1hoax

HOAX Defined for English Language Learners

hoax

Definition of hoax for English Language Learners

  • : to trick or deceive (someone)


hoax

Definition of hoax for English Language Learners

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


HOAX Defined for Kids

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hoax

verb \ ˈhōks \

Definition of hoax for Students

hoaxed; hoaxing
: to trick into thinking something is true or real when it isn't

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hoax

noun

Definition of hoax for Students

1 : an act meant to fool or deceive
2 : something false passed off as real


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