\ 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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Other Words from spoof


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 In addition, a neural network that is trained to spot and resist spoofing defends against attempts to unlock your phone with photos or masks. Dieter Bohn, The Verge, "Google’s ‘field research’ offered people $5 to scan their faces for the Pixel 4," 29 July 2019 The Federal Communications Commission this year adopted policies with teeth to fight robocalls and caller ID spoofing. cleveland, "I’m thankful for secondary checking accounts, more people saving money, pressure on credit bureaus: Money Matters," 24 Nov. 2019 After spoofing infections for nearly 1,100 devices from 15 separate campaigns, the whitehats exhausted the supply of unique bitcoin wallets the attackers had pre-generated. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Whitehats use DoS attack to score key victory against ransomware crooks," 10 July 2019 That may send a very chilling message to those who try to spoof the markets. BostonGlobe.com, "Racketeering law makes its return to Wall Street - The Boston Globe," 25 Oct. 2019 After a recent demo using GNSS spoofing confused a Tesla, a researcher from Cyber@BGU reached out about an alternative bit of car tech foolery. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, "Signs from above: Drone with projector successfully trolls car AI," 28 June 2019 Neighbor spoofing now accounts for 25% of all negative calls - up 6% from 2018. Dalvin Brown, USA TODAY, "Most of the robocalls you get aren't coming from AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile numbers," 12 Sep. 2019 Leman says that as the word gets out in the sordid spoofing community about his Super-Duper Anti-Spoofing law, crooks will be less likely to call Texans. Dallas News, "How you can use Texas’ new ‘Super-Duper Anti-Spoofing Law' to stop phone scammers from calling you," 25 July 2019 There’s a great gag late in the movie spoofing the absurdity of love triangles and the bury-your-gays trope, but the parody is also softer here. Samantha Nelson, The Verge, "In the sci-fi spoof Iron Sky: The Coming Race, Alien Hitler rides a T-Rex to war," 17 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Along with Walker, the other central figure is Barbara Jean, a spoof of Loretta Lynn played as an exhausting drama queen by Ronee Blakley (who received an Oscar nomination). Kyle Smith, National Review, "An American Listening Crisis, in Nashville," 18 Sep. 2019 Another of its spoof websites, for an always-firing gun called Tacstorm, opens with a fake promotional video hosted on YouTube. Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge, "Elon Musk wanted The Onion; he got Thud," 2 July 2019 Commercial spoofs have been part of SNL’s 45-year history. Anne Quito, Quartzy, "SNL’s Farrow & Ball sketch toes the line between parody and product placement," 6 Nov. 2019 The meme video, a spoof derived from a bloody action film, drew outrage from some for its depiction of Trump shooting journalists and attacking political figures who’ve been critical of him, both Democrats and Republicans. Tony Romm, The Denver Post, "Violent spoof video of Trump killing his critics shows how memes have reshaped politics," 14 Oct. 2019 The spoof of their presidential debate set the stage for Will Ferrell’s impersonation of Bush as a dimwitted yet lovable guy that many have argued made the real Bush much more likable. Elahe Izadi, Washington Post, "The 20 defining comedy sketches of the past 20 years," 23 Oct. 2019 After delivering an impressive and honest opening monologue, Waller-Bridge took part in sketches that saw her do everything from compete on a gameshow, partake in a Love Island spoof and don fake tattoos and a mullet for a final skit. Ruth Kinane, EW.com, "Phoebe Waller-Bridge discovers the art of discreet tampon passing in cut SNL sketch," 7 Oct. 2019 The spoof features the comedian as the clueless and often antagonistic host of a low-budget interview show that somehow lands major celebrities. Mark Dawidziak, cleveland.com, "‘Downton Abbey’ special and new ‘American Horror Story’ among top viewing choices," 14 Sep. 2019 After the commercial break, Plaza helped Colbert with his latest edition of Community Calendar, his spoof on public access television. Nick Romano, EW.com, "Aubrey Plaza channels inner Catwoman and licks Stephen Colbert's face," 15 June 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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14 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Spoof.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spoof?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=s&file=spoof001. Accessed 15 December 2019.

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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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