hoax

verb
\ ˈhōks How to pronounce hoax (audio) \
hoaxed; hoaxing; hoaxes

Definition of hoax

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

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

hoax

noun

Definition of hoax (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Other Words from hoax

Verb

hoaxer noun

Examples of hoax in a Sentence

Verb a skilled forger who hoaxed the art world into believing that the paintings were long-lost Vermeers Noun The bomb threat is probably a hoax, but we should still evacuate the building. She was the victim of a cruel hoax.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb False news articles were deliberately spread across our feeds to hoax us. Joanna Stern, WSJ, "Facebook Portal Non-Review: Why I Didn’t Put Facebook’s Camera in My Home," 8 Nov. 2018 The effort, dubbed #ThinkBeforeYouPost, reminds would-be pranksters that hoax threats are not a joke and could result in federal or state charges. Karen Kucher, sandiegouniontribune.com, "FBI launches campaign to 'think before you post' hoax threats," 10 June 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Parris said a sheriff’s official called him about 9 p.m. Saturday to tell him investigators had confirmed that night that the shooting was a hoax. Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times, "Sheriff’s deputy lied about being shot by sniper. Signs of a hoax emerged quickly," 26 Aug. 2019 There had initially been concerns over the Belgian's fitness, but fortunately this tweet turned out to be a hoax... SI.com, "VAR-City Blues: Twitter Reacts as VAR Denies Man City Against Tottenham...Again," 17 Aug. 2019 But despite both vloggers being single at the same time, legions of fans and internet gawkers speculated that Paul’s new relationship with Mongeau was a hoax. Aja Romano, Vox, "Jake Paul and Tana Mongeau’s giant YouTuber wedding married reality TV to the internet," 30 July 2019 Trump is a climate change skeptic who once had claimed it’s a hoax that was invented by the Chinese. Darlene Superville, BostonGlobe.com, "President Trump misses G-7 meeting on climate change," 26 Aug. 2019 Another hoax played to a sense of urgency in 2009 and again in 2015, telling people that Facebook planned to charge its users who don't copy and paste a message by a certain deadline. Alyssa Newcomb, Fortune, "Millions View Instagram Privacy Policy Hoax Shared by Rick Perry, Megan Rapinoe, Usher, and Julia Roberts," 21 Aug. 2019 There's officially no need to keep matches in your pocket for this latest internet hoax. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "That Viral Photo of a “Tick Nest” Is a Hoax, According to an Entomologist," 18 Apr. 2019 Barriss was sentenced in March to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to 51 counts for making fake emergency calls and threats around the country, including the deadly hoax call in Kansas. Washington Post, "Ohio gamer sentenced to 15 months prison in ‘swatting’ case," 15 Sep. 2019 Barriss was sentenced in March to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to 51 counts for making fake emergency calls and threats around the country, including the deadly hoax call in Kansas. Cincinnati.com, "North College Hill gamer sentenced to 15 months prison in ‘swatting’ case," 15 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of hoax

Verb

circa 1796, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1808, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for hoax

Verb and Noun

probably contraction of hocus

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The first known use of hoax was circa 1796

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“Hoax.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hoaxing. Accessed 21 November 2019.

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More Definitions for hoax

hoax

verb
How to pronounce hoax (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of hoax

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to trick or deceive (someone)

hoax

noun

English Language Learners Definition of hoax (Entry 2 of 2)

: an act that is meant to trick or deceive people

hoax

verb
\ ˈhōks How to pronounce hoax (audio) \
hoaxed; hoaxing

Kids Definition of hoax

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

hoax

noun

Kids Definition of hoax (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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