\ˈspüf \
spoofed; spoofing; spoofs

Definition of spoof 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : deceive, hoax

2 : to make good-natured fun of



Definition of spoof (Entry 2 of 2)

2 : a light humorous parody

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Other Words from spoof


spoofery \ˈspü-f(ə-)rē \ noun
spoofy \ˈspü-fē \ adjective

Examples of spoof in a Sentence


spoofed overly competitive parents in a mockumentary about tryouts for a national T-ball team the newspaper was spoofed by a supposedly plausible claim of a UFO encounter


many viewers thought that the spoof of a television newscast was the real thing
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

In August, a federal appeals court upheld the conviction of the first U.S. trader to face prison time for manipulating futures prices using spoofing tactics. Gabriel T. Rubin, WSJ, "Ex-UBS Metals Trader Acquitted in ‘Spoofing’ Case," 25 Apr. 2018 Enigmail and the Simple Password Store have also received patches for two related spoofing bugs. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Decades-old PGP bug allowed hackers to spoof just about anyone’s signature," 14 June 2018 In the world of machine learning, however, spoofing training data is becoming a legitimate strategy to jumpstart projects when cash or real training data is short. Tom Simonite, WIRED, "Some Startups Use Fake Data to Train AI," 25 Apr. 2018 Scammers had been spoofing an IRS hotline number that is now on the Do Not Originate list. Katherine Bindley, WSJ, "Why Are There So Many Robocalls? Here’s What You Can Do About Them," 4 July 2018 Back in the late 1960s, Marvel produced a comic book series called Not Brand Echh, spoofing its treasured brands. Michael Phillips, chicagotribune.com, "Ryan Reynolds takes a comic high dive into 'Deadpool 2'," 14 May 2018 The politicians will join local luminaries including comic Jimmy Tingle, Wayfair co-founder Steven Conine, and Aerosmith’s Tom Hamilton for the show, which includes skits, spoofs, and musical numbers. Kara Baskin, BostonGlobe.com, "Pols and celebs team up for ‘Banned in Boston’," 7 Apr. 2018 The difference is that this one spoofs the whole cycle. Thr Staff, The Hollywood Reporter, "'King Kong vs. Godzilla': THR's 1963 Review," 26 June 2018 Anyone can start a mini call center with software that auto-dials numbers and spoofs caller ID. Katherine Bindley, WSJ, "Why Are There So Many Robocalls? Here’s What You Can Do About Them," 4 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

But there were disappointments too: stans for David Lynch’s bizarre Twin Peaks, Emilia Clarke’s fearsome turn in Game of Thrones or the irreverent Netflix true crime spoof American Vandal will certainly be disappointed. Eliana Dockterman, Time, "The Biggest Snubs and Surprises of the 2018 Emmy Nominations," 12 July 2018 The show kicked off with a spoof of Black Panther, complete with the comedienne coming for the Wakandan crown — or just a whiff of T’Challa’s (Chadwick Boseman) inner leg. refinery29.com, "MTV Movie Awards: From Tiffany Haddish's Best Jokes to The Blackest Show Yet," 19 June 2018 The competition seemed more a spoof of racing than racing itself. Laura Mallonee, WIRED, "The Junker Race in Norway Where All That Counts Is Fun," 25 Mar. 2018 There are rules now to at least allow phone carriers to block spoof calls -- calls that are pretending to be coming from other numbers. Teresa Dixon Murray, cleveland.com, "What to do about those annoying, non-stop robocalls: Money Matters," 4 Apr. 2018 The film was widely ridiculed following the summit, with late night comics and even the New York Times getting in on the act with spoof versions of their own. Euan Mckirdy, CNN, "Destiny Pictures founder claims mistaken identity, distances himself from Trump video," 14 June 2018 Among his spoofs are being single on Valentine's Day, fake news, middle-aged cellphone users and the irritating habits of college professors. Jim Stingl, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Stingl: Small town dude makes a living posting funny videos for millions to view worldwide," 25 May 2018 O’Byrne is always involved in the Community Revue at The Community House, the every-other-year musical spoof of Hinsdale put on by people who live in Hinsdale to raise money for The Community House. Sara Clarkson, chicagotribune.com, "Clarkson: Susan Byrne’s short stories concern women, village in familiar fictional town," 14 June 2018 Backups and software updates affected, too The flaw, indexed as CVE-2018-12020, means that decades' worth of email messages many people relied on for sensitive business or security matters may have in fact been spoofs. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Decades-old PGP bug allowed hackers to spoof just about anyone’s signature," 14 June 2018

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First Known Use of spoof


1889, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1889, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for spoof


Spoof, a hoaxing game invented by Arthur Roberts †1933 English comedian

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The first known use of spoof was in 1889

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English Language Learners Definition of spoof

: a humorous movie, book, play, etc., that copies something in a silly and exaggerated way

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