\ ˈspüf How to pronounce spoof (audio) \
spoofed; spoofing; spoofs

Definition of spoof

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

2 : to make good-natured fun of



Definition of spoof (Entry 2 of 2)

2 : a light humorous parody

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spoofery \ ˈspü-​f(ə-​)rē How to pronounce spoofery (audio) \ noun
spoofy \ ˈspü-​fē How to pronounce spoofy (audio) \ adjective

Examples of spoof in a Sentence

Verb 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 Noun many viewers thought that the spoof of a television newscast was the real thing
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Some of the most harmful instances have been criminals spoofing phone numbers belonging to the Internal Revenue Service, the Social Security Administration, even the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Rick Barrett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsinites received 515 million robocalls last year -- up more than 80% in three years," 14 Feb. 2020 Done systematically, spoofing can generate a lot of income. Dave Michaels, WSJ, "Justice Department Presses Ahead With ‘Spoofing’ Prosecutions Despite Mixed Record," 7 Feb. 2020 But the spoof could have also been carried out by drone, as his earlier spoofing attacks on a Mobileye driver-assistance system were. Ars Technica, "How a $300 projector can fool Tesla’s Autopilot," 28 Jan. 2020 Along with Mel Brooks, Henry created Get Smart, the iconic TV series spoofing the spy genre. Lauren Huff, EW.com, "Buck Henry, The Graduate writer and Get Smart co-creator, dies at 89," 9 Jan. 2020 Currently, scammers often display bogus numbers — sometimes spoofing local or official numbers, like the Social Security Administration — to tempt targets into picking up the call. Tara Siegel Bernard, New York Times, "Major Phone Service Providers Agree to Plan to Slow Robocallers," 22 Aug. 2019 Some even discuss techniques that can be used — like cheap, online technology that can spoof a phone number and make the police believe a 911 call is coming from a target’s home. Sheera Frenkel, New York Times, "People Are Calling SWAT Teams to Tech Executives’ Homes," 23 Jan. 2020 An able tracer of provenance, Walpole delighted in spoofing the past. Dominic Green, WSJ, "One Man’s Gothic Fantasy," 26 Oct. 2018 Other noteworthy bulletins patched remote code-execution vulnerabilities in Microsoft's Hyper-V and Hyper-V SMB and an Azure IoT SDK spoofing vulnerability. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Critical Windows bug fixed today is actively being exploited to hack users," 9 May 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But the spoof could have also been carried out by drone, as his earlier spoofing attacks on a Mobileye driver-assistance system were. Ars Technica, "How a $300 projector can fool Tesla’s Autopilot," 28 Jan. 2020 Those who entered passwords were redirected to the legitimate library site being spoofed, while behind the scenes, the spoof site stored the password in a file called pass.txt. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "18 months after indictment, Iranian phishers are still targeting universities," 11 Sep. 2019 Recent episodes included laugh tracks, a spoof of This American Life, and a bizarre cover of the Game of Thrones theme. Holly Ojalvo, Quartz, "The 3rd annual Quartz Casties: Our favorite podcasts of 2019," 22 Dec. 2019 The only judgment of Ozymandias comes through Rorschach, who, with his problematic politics and psychological infirmities, is himself a spoof of the righteous-hero trope. Maya Phillips, The New Yorker, "“Watchmen,” “The Boys,” and the False Hope That Superheroes Can Save Us," 17 Dec. 2019 Love Actually allusions pop up in YouTube parodies, in TV commercials, off-Broadway in a musical-comedy spoof, on friends’ social media feeds. Kyle Smith, National Review, "Hail the Romcom Masterpiece," 10 Dec. 2019 In a new spoof on Jimmy Kimmel Live, the show’s producers mashed up the world of the Avengers with the world of The Irishman. Nick Romano, EW.com, "Jimmy Kimmel creates the Martin Scorsese-Marvel movie: The Irish Man," 19 Nov. 2019 In April, Trump shared a spoof video of a video by Joe Biden. BostonGlobe.com, "President Trump on Wednesday shared an altered photograph of himself placing a medal around the neck of the dog injured in the raid last weekend that led to the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the Islamic State’s leader.," 30 Oct. 2019 The billboard emerged just days after a spoof video of Trump violently stabbing and shooting critics, including journalists and politicians, was shown at his Florida golf resort. oregonlive, "Portland company buys controversial Trump-themed billboard in Times Square," 19 Oct. 2019

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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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23 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Spoof.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spoof. Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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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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