par·​o·​dy | \ ˈper-ə-dē How to pronounce parody (audio) , ˈpa-rə- \
plural parodies

Definition of parody

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a literary or musical work in which the style of an author or work is closely imitated for comic effect or in ridicule wrote a hilarious parody of a popular song
2 : a feeble or ridiculous imitation a cheesy parody of a classic western


parodied; parodying

Definition of parody (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to compose a parody on parody a poem
2 : to imitate in the manner of a parody

Other Words from parody


parodic \ pə-​ˈrä-​dik How to pronounce parody (audio) , pa-​ \ adjective
parodistic \ ˌper-​ə-​ˈdi-​stik How to pronounce parody (audio) , ˌpa-​rə-​ \ adjective

Choose the Right Synonym for parody


caricature, burlesque, parody, travesty mean a comic or grotesque imitation. caricature implies ludicrous exaggeration of the characteristic features of a subject. caricatures of politicians in cartoons burlesque implies mockery especially through giving a serious or lofty subject a frivolous treatment. a nightclub burlesque of a trial in court parody applies especially to treatment of a trivial or ludicrous subject in the exactly imitated style of a well-known author or work. a witty parody of a popular novel travesty implies that the subject remains unchanged but that the style is extravagant or absurd. this production is a travesty of the opera

Examples of parody in a Sentence

Noun He has a talent for writing parodies. a writer with a talent for parody Verb It was easy to parody the book's fancy language. She parodied her brother's poetry.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Local actor Stacey Harkey, who is also a BYU graduate, jokingly pretended to be a white student approached by the Black Menaces in his parody. Courtney Tanner, The Salt Lake Tribune, 2 May 2022 At one of her solo gigs, Frank Zappa rushed onstage and hammered on her organ, intoning the names of vegetables in a moronic parody of her performance. Brian Dillon, The New Yorker, 8 Apr. 2022 In this parody of 1940s musicals, Cecily Strong and Keegan-Michael Key star as backpackers stranded in a neighborhood where people frequently communicate through song and dance. Shirley Li, The Atlantic, 1 Mar. 2022 The Late Show also performed its ambivalence about the Trump Organization indictments in the parody of an '80s classic from The Pointer Sisters. Peter Weber, The Week, 1 July 2021 Another sketch, which pictured Trump escaping from the White House in a parody of the O.J. Simpson slow chase, cast Chappelle as the host of a morning show. Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times, 8 Nov. 2020 In spite of the famous faces surrounding her, Cooper is the undeniable star of the special (although Jon Hamm is pretty hilarious in a parody of the My Pillow commercials). Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, 27 Oct. 2020 In just under a minute, Radcliffe’s transformation into the parody king is complete. Spin Staff, SPIN, 3 May 2022 In the silly parody, the comedian and late night host digitally inserts himself into the footage to play the band's fifth member. Daniela Avila,, 8 Dec. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb More recently, he's begun posting TikTok videos that lovingly parody common movie and TV tropes. USA Today, 22 Mar. 2022 Rifkin’s Festival is a comic retrospective about a film professor (played by Wallace Shawn) who, in his pathetic senior years, sees his life in terms of old films — flashbacks and fantasies that parody the classic canon. Armond White, National Review, 4 Feb. 2022 Both the costumes and the photos actually parody the sort of images Westerners once made of Middle Eastern women. Washington Post, 12 Nov. 2021 However, the memo was meant to parody legislation in the U.S. restricting women's reproductive rights, and Rabb told USA TODAY his bill was never intended to pass. Mckenzie Sadeghi, USA TODAY, 2 Oct. 2021 To poke a hole in Instagram’s artificial veneer, Kite suggests encouraging your teen to follow people who parody social media’s toxic culture, such as comedic critics like @hicaitlinreilly. Washington Post, 17 Sep. 2021 However no one attempted to parody Smart's role as the Fruit Ninja-loving, manhattan-chugging great-grandmother Helen, because why mess with perfection? Sydney Bucksbaum,, 16 June 2021 The blonde 31-year-old is known in downtown circles for the ability to lightly parody a ditzy life of iced matchas and Brandy Melville shopping sprees while also being the smartest voice on luxury timepieces for women. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, 19 May 2021 Dogecoin was a cryptocurrency first conceived in 2013; made to parody Bitcoin. Joe Mario Pedersen,, 10 May 2021 See More

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First Known Use of parody


1607, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1733, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for parody


Latin parodia, from Greek parōidia, from para- + aidein to sing — more at ode

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9 Jun 2022

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“Parody.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jun. 2022.

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