\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

Reynolds also isn't above spoofing himself, which leads to the movie's funniest bit during the closing credits. Brian Lowry, CNN, "'Deadpool 2' gleefully revels in R-rated mayhem," 14 May 2018 According to the agency, the marketer used spoofing technology to fake caller IDs, then made more than 21 million calls to sell health insurance. Colin Lecher, The Verge, "Why robocalls have taken over your phone," 7 Nov. 2018 Microsoft said that a group tied to the Russian government created fake websites that appeared to spoof two American conservative organizations: the Hudson Institute and the International Republican Institute. Fox News, "US adds to sanctions against Russia," 21 Aug. 2018 For people who love sports! 8 P.M. ET on ABC Thursday, July 19 Trial & Error: Lady Killer: Season two of this anthology series that spoofs our culture's true-crime obsession kicks off tonight. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "10 Brand-New TV Shows and Movies You Can Watch This Week," 15 July 2018 Finally, a little self-awareness: Colin Minihan and Stuart Ortiz, a.k.a. filmmaking duo the Vicious Brothers, effectively spoof those ghost hunter shows that were briefly a hot trend, while still building toward a genuinely suspenseful second half. Dylan Scott, Vox, "13 found-footage horror movies actually worth watching this Halloween," 19 Oct. 2018 The threats include jamming or spoofing signals, hacking, antisatellite missiles, and perhaps more the public doesn’t know. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Houston, We Have a Space Force," 4 July 2018 To sell his '96 Suzuki Vitara, and spoof the absurdity of car commercials, Eugene Romanovsky put together an epic video showcasing the heroic powers of his clunky 20-year-old car. Sophie Weiner, Popular Mechanics, "Watch A Hilariously Epic Ad For A Used '96 Suzuki Vitara," 30 Apr. 2017 All that's required to spoof a signature is to have a public key or key ID. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Decades-old PGP bug allowed hackers to spoof just about anyone’s signature," 14 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The annual awards show kicked off with a spoof of one of the biggest movies of the year, Black Panther. Stephanie Petit, PEOPLE.com, "Girls Trip Reunion! Watch Tiffany Haddish, Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah Redo Black Panther," 18 June 2018 These devices, which spoof cell towers, can be used to locate particular cell phones and, by extension, people. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "How Oakland sets the new standard for meaningful police tech oversight," 2 Oct. 2018 In it, three models are shown applying it to their shoulders after shaking up the bottled mixture; one even blends it into her shoulder with a big kabuki brush just like Rihanna did in the famous Body Lava video that prompted hilarious spoofs. Marci Robin, Allure, "Wet n Wild's New MegaGlo Body Luminizer Is the Body Lava Drugstore Dupe We've Been Waiting For," 22 Sep. 2018 The Christmas comedy Elf takes an unexpected turn in this spoof trailer, which recuts the feel-good holiday classic as a chilling thriller. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "Someone Recut The 'Elf' Trailer as a Creepy Thriller—And It's Hilarious," 27 Dec. 2016 Barkley also played a suicidal contestant on a spoof of a dating show called called Hump Or Dump. Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya, Billboard, "'SNL': Charles Barkley Spoofs Public Broadcasting, Dating Shows in Fourth Hosting Gig," 4 Mar. 2018 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

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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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