\ ˈspüf How to pronounce spoof (audio) \
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 How to pronounce spoof (audio) \ noun
spoofy \ ˈspü-​fē How to pronounce spoof (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 Radio signals can be used to jam an opponent's satellites, or spoof them by sending harmful commands. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "This is what “war in space” probably would look like in the near future," 16 Oct. 2020 And criminals started to spoof food delivery services like DoorDash, Grubhub, and Uber Eats. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, "PlayStations and puppies top the holiday scam list," 18 Nov. 2020 In certain cases, its DNS service will fall back to TCP, which is much more difficult to spoof. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "DNS cache poisoning, the Internet attack from 2008, is back from the dead," 12 Nov. 2020 The annual horror anthology episodes typically spoof classic stories, though some original ideas are genuinely scary (but funny, of course). Ben Flanagan | Bflanagan@al.com, al, "Horror movies and TV streaming on Amazon, Disney+, HBO, Hulu and Netflix," 13 Oct. 2020 That allowed the researchers to intercept text messages sent to the smartwatch and spoof its location within a certain range. Andy Greenberg, Wired, "Kids' Smartwatches Are a Security Nightmare Despite Years of Warnings," 10 Sep. 2020 Criminals, for example, pretend to be FBI agents and even spoof the FBI headquarters’ phone number on caller ID. Sheryl Jean, Dallas News, "How to spot a scam aimed at older adults," 25 Aug. 2020 Attackers can exploit this by sniffing the ID over the air and using it to spoof another user. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Bridgefy, the messenger promoted for mass protests, is a privacy disaster," 24 Aug. 2020 Now a pair of Dutch researchers has shown how hackers really can spoof traffic data to mess with traffic lights easily from any internet connection—though luckily not in a Hollywood style that would cause mass collisions. Andy Greenberg, Wired, "Dutch Hackers Found a Simple Way to Mess With Traffic Lights," 5 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Kid Candidate tells the story of Hayden Pedigo, an 24-year old experimental musician and his unlikely run for Amarillo city council after his Harmony Korine inspired spoof campaign video went viral. Mia Galuppo, Billboard, "Charli XCX, Tom Petty Docs Set as SXSW Headliners for Virtual Film Fest," 10 Feb. 2021 That clever premise puts WandaVision in several categories at once: a comedy and a mystery, a superhero story and a period-piece spoof. Jen Chaney, Vulture, "Marvel’s WandaVision Is a Time-Traveling Delight," 14 Jan. 2021 The spoof also pokes gentle fun at Neil Lane and Bachelor dates. Emily Tannenbaum, Glamour, "Bachelor the Musical Is the Best Thing You'll Watch on TikTok Today," 3 Jan. 2021 The West Texas-style spoof of the Dickens' classic is a fundraiser and not a regular season show. Staff Report, NOLA.com, "The holidays continue with entertainment, light shows and chances to give," 12 Dec. 2020 Rather than going with pure spoof, Truth Seekers takes its horror seriously—quite deliberately, according to comments Pegg made during a panel this past summer at the virtual ComicCon@Home. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Creeptastic Truth Seekers takes its horror seriously—but not too seriously," 13 Nov. 2020 The spoof takes hilarious aim at the disaster movies of the 1970s. Katherine J Igoe, Marie Claire, "The 20 Best Classic Films on Netflix Right Now," 3 Nov. 2020 Anticipating a barrage, Dr. Warnock used his first advertisement of the runoff, a spoof of a campaign-style attack ad released on Thursday, to try to prime voters for what was ahead. Nicholas Fandos, New York Times, "Senate Majority in Balance as Perdue Re-election Race Goes to Runoff in Georgia," 6 Nov. 2020 Eugene Levy used to do a spoof of Perry Como’s act. Kyle Smith, National Review, "Could Biden Blow This Thing?," 30 Oct. 2020

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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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14 Jan 2021

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“Spoof.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spoof. Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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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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