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

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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

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The celebrity identities will remain a mystery to their suitors, who are given clues via hilarious parody song performances by host Michael Bolton. Ben Flanagan |, al, 16 June 2021 Last month golf parody-song ace Sam Harrop put out a tongue-in-cheek homage to Fleetwood’s near-misses to the tune of Rod Stewart’s Maggie May, complete with gory details of the tournaments that slipped away. Mike Dojc, Forbes, 9 Mar. 2021 Moreover, a political figure who in the comics was meant to evoke George W. Bush is in the show a clear parody of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Kyle Smith, National Review, 30 Nov. 2020 The residents of this theme park—with its clichéd versions of the Wild West, Victorian life, Prohibition-era Chicago, and so on—enact what is essentially a parody of our culture. Deborah Treisman, The New Yorker, 2 Nov. 2020 Not to be a parody, but my go-to hangover drink of blue Gatorade has never failed me. Anna Borges, SELF, 29 Oct. 2020 The dead-of-night reality also seemed to turn parody to prediction. Anna Mulrine Grobe, The Christian Science Monitor, 8 July 2021 The creative group behind the parody, Majority, not only enlisted the help of Louisiana rap legend Juvenile, but also Mannie Fresh. Shelby Stewart, Chron, 7 July 2021 Kirk, bursting in with a strutting groove broken by his diabolically furious yet deadly serious parody of Adams’s avant-gardisms, meshes a rollicking swing with colossal blasts from his tenor sax (airplane engines? Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 15 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 On TikTok, all that remains of the movement are videos using #superstraights — a hashtag that’s actually used on videos that criticise and parody the movement, as well as host necessary conversations about transphobia. Michelle Santiago Cortés,, 13 Mar. 2021 Launched in 1985, Garbage Pail Kids were originally designed to parody Cabbage Patch Kids dolls, with each character suffering from some sort of abnormality or being put in a violent or vulgar scenario. Bryan Rolli, Forbes, 17 Mar. 2021 The videos even parody the same catchy jingles that Apple used in its commercials, which Steve Job's once deemed too funny at one point. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, 17 Mar. 2021 On TikTok, all that remains of the movement are videos using #superstraights — a hashtag that’s actually used on videos that criticize and parody the movement, as well as host necessary conversations about transphobia. Michelle Santiago Cortés,, 15 Mar. 2021 However try as the cold open might, the past week in the real world was just too hard to parody. Rasha Ali, USA TODAY, 20 Dec. 2020

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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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27 Jul 2021

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“Parody.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of parody

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a piece of writing, music, etc., that imitates the style of someone or something else in an amusing way
disapproving : a bad or unfair example of something



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

: to imitate (someone or something) in an amusing way

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