\ 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 spoofery (audio) \ noun
spoofy \ ˈspü-​fē How to pronounce spoofy (audio) \ 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

The second, which was released a few days later, spoofed a Soviet children’s show comparable to Barney & Friends or Sesame Street. Vogue, "Meet Alyona Alyona, Ukraine’s Most Unlikely Rap Star," 11 Apr. 2019 The alleged perpetrators made deals with ad networks to place advertisements, then used rented servers to simulate having real internet users visit spoofed web pages and look at ads. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "Eight people charged with running a multimillion-dollar online ad scam," 27 Nov. 2018 Call records showed that Affordable Enterprises made at least 48,349 calls that spoofed her number, the FCC said. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "Robocaller spoofed real numbers to avoid angry call-backs to his own phone," 27 Sep. 2018 Hosted by Claire Foy, the sketch comedy show spared no expense for anyone, with Alec Baldwin reprising his role as a disgruntled President Trump and the cast hilariously spoofing the grandparents from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Jennifer Lance, Glamour, "SNL Just Trolled All Your Favorite Netflix Shows," 2 Dec. 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Several episodes explore American achievements and history—including an amusing skit with H. Ross Parrot, a spoof of two-time presidential candidate Ross Perot. Michael Taube, WSJ, "Sesame Is a Two-Way Street," 10 Feb. 2019 Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux first met on the set of the comedy spoof Tropic Thunder in 2007. Vogue, "Emily VanCamp and Josh Bowman Are Married! Plus, 11 Other Celebrity Couples Who Met on Set," 17 Dec. 2018 Actually, the man in the song hopes to seduce, not rape; the song is flirty and humorous, a spoof of the endless drama between men and women. Peggy Noonan, WSJ, "Baby, There’s a Chilling Effect Outside," 3 Jan. 2019 By chance, Acharia had seen Chopra in a spoof hip-hop video a few years earlier. Abby Aguirre, Vogue, "When Priyanka Met Nick: A Love Story," 29 Nov. 2018 In a spoof video sharing the news and details of the tour, the women were joined by singer Jess Glynne, to kick off ticket sales, which start Saturday. Jennifer Lance, Glamour, "The Spice Girls Reunion Tour Is Definitely Happening—Without Victoria Beckham," 5 Nov. 2018 In the case this week, the company did not just accidentally stumble onto a couple of harmless spoof websites. Matt O'brien, The Seattle Times, "Microsoft’s anti-hacking efforts make it an internet cop," 21 Aug. 2018 Gianopulos drew big laughs when appearing in a spoof video that began the Paramount presentation. Pamela Mcclintock, The Hollywood Reporter, "Studio Drama, Big Risks and Cher: What Mattered at CinemaCon This Year," 27 Apr. 2018 Among other late-night hosts, ABC's Jimmy Kimmel offered a short on-air spoof last year of the Pences' Marlon Bundo book. Michael Cavna, chicagotribune.com, "John Oliver spoofs Pence family's new kids' book with gay-themed 'Marlon Bundo' book," 19 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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