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lampoon

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noun lam·poon \lam-ˈpün\

Definition of lampoon

  1. :  satire 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.

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Examples of lampoon in a Sentence

  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 and Etymology of lampoon

French lampon


First Known Use: 1645


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lampoon

verb lam·poon

Definition of lampoon

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

lampooner

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lampoonery

play \lam-ˈpü-nə-rē, -ˈpün-rē\ noun

Examples of lampoon in a Sentence

  1. The politician was lampooned in cartoons.

Did You Know?

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 1645. The verb followed about a decade later. The words come from the French lampon, which probably originated from lampons, the first person plural imperative of lamper ("to guzzle"). Lampons! (meaning "Let us guzzle!") is a frequent refrain in 17th-century French satirical poems.

Origin and Etymology of lampoon

see 1lampoon


First Known Use: circa 1657


LAMPOON Defined for English Language Learners

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lampoon

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noun lam·poon \lam-ˈpün\

Definition of lampoon for English Language Learners

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

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lampoon

verb lam·poon

Definition of lampoon for English Language Learners

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



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