\ 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 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 Fraudsters who currently spoof numbers may also simply adopt a new technique when authentication gets in their way — requiring enforcers to rethink their strategy all over again. The Washington Post, Twin Cities, "Other voices: Taking the fight to robocallers," 11 July 2019 Lawmakers and regulators have taken some steps to curb robocalls and number spoofing. Brian Fung, CNN, "FTC reports a sharp increase in phone scams from criminals impersonating IRS, Social Security," 1 July 2019 Other pieces included Patricia Urqiola’s Wasting Time Daybed, spoofing the inflated plastic soles of contemporary sneaker designs, and Massimiliano Locatelli’s version of the Breuer Chair, remade with strips of plastic bottles. Max Maeckler, Vogue, "The Most Mesmerizing Design Moments of Salone del Mobile," 18 Apr. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 The 39 Steps: TheatreWorks Silicon Valley stages this spoof of Alfred Hitchcock’s silver-screen classic. Anne Gelhaus, The Mercury News, "Cupertino/Sunnyvale calendar of events for the week of Sept. 20," 14 Sep. 2019 The Bachelor isn’t the only show getting the musical parody treatment, as a spoof of Friends is also doing a two-week run in L.A. this summer at the Kirk Douglas Theatre. Kirsten Chuba, The Hollywood Reporter, "ABC Lawyers Shut Down 'Bachelor the Musical' Poster," 7 June 2019 The news also comes amid Huddersfield Town being fined by the FA for their shirt sponsorship spoof with Paddy Power in pre-season and thus raising further questions about the relationships between football clubs and betting firms. SI.com, "Chelsea and Liverpool Terminate Links With Global Betting Firm 1xBET," 8 Sep. 2019 These small discrepancies and outright spoofs are surprisingly easy to miss, and that’s why hackers use them. Vint Cerf, Quartz, "“Father of the internet” Vint Cerf says we need to be less naive if we’re going to fix it," 6 Sep. 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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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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