\ 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
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The crooks know how to spoof delivery sites and restaurants. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, 20 Apr. 2022 Gutierrez is not the first person to spoof the genre, nor the first to critique the industry for lack of inclusivity. Jonathon Keats, Forbes, 15 Apr. 2022 Fraudsters know how to spoof legitimate phone numbers out of Washington to make the information that pops up on your Caller ID look more believable. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, 11 Mar. 2022 This is the first segment since last season's Mulaney spoof with The Birds. Andy Hoglund, EW.com, 21 Jan. 2022 Ghostwriter worked by using phishing emails and theft domains that spoof legitimate websites such as Facebook to steal victim credentials. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, 17 Jan. 2022 The party also had spoof commercial breaks for the fake 103.5 Dawn FM station. Marianne Garvey, CNN, 7 Jan. 2022 This classic 1982 musical by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken is a sci-fi horror spoof about a man-eating plant from Outer Space that enlists the help of an unwitting skid-row flower shop clerk in its deadly plans. San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 Dec. 2021 Parker found a YouTube video that showed him how to spoof a Media Access Control, or MAC, address to the same one as his Mom’s phone, granting him freedom from restrictions. Yoree Koh, WSJ, 19 Dec. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Drag Queen Edition spoof led by the game show's historic transgender winner Amy Schneider. Joey Nolfi, EW.com, 15 Apr. 2022 The spoof orders, which ultimately were canceled, were meant to move prices and create an appearance of market depth so that Mr. Forbes could execute his real orders more profitably, prosecutors said. Richard Vanderford, WSJ, 15 Apr. 2022 Despite the speed, a spoof card or passport won’t deceive the system. Rene Hendrikse, Forbes, 17 Mar. 2022 WinSxS directory so that the operating system loads the spoof instead of the legitimate file. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, 10 Mar. 2022 Never Stop Never Stopping, a hilarious and fast-paced spoof of modern pop stars. Evan Romano, Men's Health, 12 Apr. 2022 Drag legends and powerhouse comedy partners are on their first U.S. tour offering a spoof of and homage to classic girls’ road trip movies from the 1990s to today. oregonlive, 16 Mar. 2022 Some of the most comedic moments included a spoof of The Wheel of Fortune. Chioma Nnadi, Vogue, 17 Feb. 2022 When T-Mobile approached Zach Braff and Donald Faison to play next-door neighbors in a musical spoof on West Side Story for the telecom giant’s Super Bowl ad touting new 5G home internet, there wasn’t a lot of begging involved. Sydney Odman, The Hollywood Reporter, 16 Feb. 2022 See More

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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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2 May 2022

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“Spoof.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spoof. Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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