lam·​poon | \ lam-ˈpün How to pronounce lampoon (audio) \

Definition of lampoon

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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.


lampooned; lampooning; lampoons

Definition of lampoon (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to make the subject of a lampoon : ridicule

Other Words from lampoon


lampooner noun
lampoonery \ lam-​ˈpü-​nə-​rē How to pronounce lampoon (audio) , -​ˈpün-​rē \ noun

Synonyms for lampoon

Synonyms: 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 is still found in use, especially in the names of humor publications such as The Harvard Lampoon. Both the noun and the verb come from the French lampon, which probably originated from lampons, the first person plural imperative of the verb lamper, meaning "to guzzle." So what is the connection? Lampons! (meaning "Let us guzzle!") 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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The self-serious 007 of the 21st century is a far cry from the loopy '60s movies that Austin loves to lampoon. Leah Greenblatt,, 19 July 2022 There’s nothing in this hellzapoppin lampoon to prevent one from remembering its Hollywood idolatry as The Unbearable Weight of Nicolas Cage. Armond White, National Review, 22 Apr. 2022 Many of the deepfakes in the exhibition are relatively harmless in nature—like Queen Elizabeth dancing on top of her desk or a lampoon of former president Donald Trump withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement. Jane Recker, Smithsonian Magazine, 23 Feb. 2022 Jimmy Kimmel will make an appearance, continuing his annual lampoon of media and advertising. Brian Steinberg, Variety, 8 Feb. 2022 Fans of the show have had to make do with a stinging lampoon of the debased billionaire class. Los Angeles Times, 2 Dec. 2021 Assisting him in the enterprise were heteronyms such as Carlos Otto, who translated detective fiction, Joaquim Moura-Costa, the author of an anticlerical lampoon, and Vicente Guedes, who later added pages to The Book of Disquiet. Benjamin Kunkel, Harper's Magazine, 26 Oct. 2021 My favorite early-20th-century humor writer was Stephen Leacock, a joyful misanthrope who found much to lampoon in human behavior, particularly the overheated prose in Victorian drama. Washington Post, 23 Sep. 2021 Dickman and Throbbin, a lampoon of Batman and Robin. Mike Sager, Rolling Stone, 17 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Adanne Ebo — use both mockumentary and conventional narrative tools to lampoon the prosperity gospel, à la the Bakkers, but from a distinctly Southern Black perspective. Etan Vlessing, The Hollywood Reporter, 4 Mar. 2022 Adanne Ebo — use a mix of mockumentary and conventional narrative to lampoon the prosperity gospel, à la the Bakkers, but from a distinctly Southern Black perspective. Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter, 23 Jan. 2022 The brand is a lightning rod for people who sneer at the luxury equipment — prices start at $1,495 — and lampoon its exercise classes. Washington Post, 22 Jan. 2022 But can anyone lampoon her style without relying on it? New York Times, 23 Dec. 2021 During this past weekend’s cold open, several Bidens of SNLs past gathered in the Oval Office — and in doing so, showcased the particular struggles the show has faced in attempting to lampoon this particular politician. Washington Post, 14 Oct. 2021 Its members advertise satirical services to lampoon the monarchy. The Economist, 4 June 2020 There’s a recurring gag lampooning Bond villain Blofeld that has a rewarding payoff. Michael Ordoña, Los Angeles Times, 16 Apr. 2020 Each carries billboards lampooning people and issues that have gyrated into the public eye over the past year. al, 25 Feb. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of lampoon


1645, in the meaning defined above


circa 1657, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lampoon

Noun and Verb

French lampon

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“Lampoon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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