lampoon

1 of 2

noun

lam·​poon lam-ˈpün How to pronounce lampoon (audio)
: satire sense 1
specifically : a harsh satire usually directed against an individual
He said such ridiculous things that he was often the target of lampoons in the press.

lampoon

2 of 2

verb

lampooned; lampooning; lampoons

transitive verb

: to make the subject of a lampoon : ridicule
lampooner noun
lampoonery
lam-ˈpü-nə-rē How to pronounce lampoon (audio)
-ˈpün-rē
noun

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Lampoon can be a noun or a verb. The noun lampoon (meaning "satire" or, specifically, "a harsh satire usually directed against an individual") was first used in English in the 17th century and may be familiar from the names of humor publications such as The Harvard Lampoon and its now-defunct spinoff National Lampoon. Both the noun and the verb come from the French word lampon, which likely originated from lampons, a form of the verb lamper, meaning "to drink to the bottom." So what is the connection? Lampons! (meaning "Let us guzzle!"—that is, drink greedily) was a frequent refrain in 17th-century French satirical poems.

Examples of lampoon in a Sentence

Noun He said such ridiculous things that he was often the target of lampoons in the press. this classic musical is a lampoon of the movie business at the time when sound was introduced Verb The politician was lampooned in cartoons.
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Noun
Like Truffaut, Dupieux lampoons the infallible egos of some of France’s most famous actors, revealing the sparks that fly when those egos come crashing together on set. Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter, 14 May 2024 Saturday Night Live kicked off with Bowen Yang reprising his role as George Santos in what could be one of the last instances of the former congressman being the subject of such a high-profile lampoon given his expulsion from the House of Representatives Friday. William Vaillancourt, Rolling Stone, 3 Dec. 2023 See all Example Sentences for lampoon 

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Word History

Etymology

Noun and Verb

French lampon

First Known Use

Noun

1645, in the meaning defined above

Verb

circa 1657, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of lampoon was in 1645

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“Lampoon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lampoon. Accessed 29 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

lampoon

1 of 2 noun
lam·​poon lam-ˈpün How to pronounce lampoon (audio)
: a writing or drawing that makes fun of a person

lampoon

2 of 2 verb
: to make fun of by a lampoon : ridicule
lampooner noun

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