1

hoax

play
verb \ˈhōks\

Definition of hoax

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  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

Recent Examples of hoax from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'hoax'. Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Origin and Etymology of hoax

probably contraction of hocus


2

hoax

noun

Definition of hoax

  1. 1 :  an act intended to trick or dupe :  imposture the victim of a cruel hoax assumed the bomb threat was just a hoax

  2. 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

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'hoax'. Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Origin and Etymology of hoax

see 1hoax


HOAX Defined for English Language Learners

hoax

play
verb

Definition of hoax for English Language Learners

  • : to trick or deceive (someone)

hoax

noun

Definition of hoax for English Language Learners

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


HOAX Defined for Kids

1

hoax

play
verb \ˈhōks\

Definition of hoax for Students

hoaxed

;

hoaxing

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


2

hoax

play
noun

Definition of hoax for Students

  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).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

to be a fixed element or attribute

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

July 2017 Words of the Day Quiz

  • alt-597a99e699d07
  • Which is a synonym of gauche?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

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

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!