\ 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

In some cases, the suspects actually talked to someone at the victims’ banks using spoofing software that made the bank believe the call was coming from the veteran, Bash said. Guillermo Contreras, ExpressNews.com, "Feds: San Antonio case is largest ID theft ever perpetrated on military veterans," 21 Aug. 2019 Be wary of official-looking email; popular brands can easily be spoofed. Leah Napoliello, Houston Chronicle, "BBB on Homes: Scam alert — Don’t be fooled by fake package delivery scam," 14 July 2019 Being spoofed by @MADmagazine was one of the great honors of my acting career. Patrick May, The Mercury News, "‘The great art of subversion’: Fans pay tribute after Mad announces end of 67-year run," 5 July 2019 Scammers often adopt a technique known as spoofing to cover their tracks, a practice that results in people receiving calls from numbers that look similar to their own. Tony Romm, The Denver Post, "Robocalls are overwhelming hospitals and patients, threatening a new kind of health crisis," 23 June 2019 Sullivan said Cloudflare has designed the new service to be an effective measure against another potential domain validation attack that spoofs IP addresses in DNS requests that use the user datagram protocol (UDP). Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Cloudflare aims to make HTTPS certificates safe from BGP hijacking attacks," 18 June 2019 The service provides protection from spoofing, too. Doreen Christensen, sun-sentinel.com, "What cell carriers plan to do to aggressively block robocalls after FCC ruling," 7 June 2019 Meanwhile, Shailene Woodley’s Jane is romancing Corey (Douglas Smith), the kind of surf-hippie dreamboat The O.C. spoofed last decade. Darren Franich, EW.com, "Big Little Lies season 2 is brilliantly acted and all over the place: EW review," 5 June 2019 When Ball hosted a circus camp for amputees—which Goldberg, Chilakos, and Osborne all attended—the group staged a performance spoofing various ways people might lose limbs. Susie Armitage, SELF, "10 Things Amputees and People With Limb Differences Want You to Know," 1 May 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Young's video included images of a Jackson lookalike whose hair catches fire, a spoof of a real-life incident in 1984 in which Jackson's hair caught fire on the set of a Pepsi commercial. Paul Grein, Billboard, "Neil Young's 'This Note's For You' Beat Videos by Madonna & Michael Jackson at the 1989 VMAs," 24 Aug. 2019 That kind of spoof has been making the rounds for years, particularly on another social media network, Facebook. Tom Benning, Dallas News, "Rick Perry falls for social media hoax, then razzes himself by jokingly giving up rights to his dachshund Instas," 22 Aug. 2019 In relatively short order — as in the first 30 minutes of the first hour — Another Life hits hyper-drive and heads dangerously close to becoming a spoof of a space series. Tim Goodman, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Another Life': TV Review," 22 July 2019 After the devices were logged into the spoof network, Checkmarx was also able to create a fake portal that asked parents for information such as the last six digits of their credit cards on file. Alyssa Newcomb, Fortune, "Security Researchers Find ‘Worst Case Scenario’ in LeapFrog Kids Tablet," 7 Aug. 2019 This is the latest bit of fun for Corden and Goldblum after the two got cozy by a piano for an Ariana Grande spoof and played hide-and-seek in a stranger’s house. Nick Romano, EW.com, "Jeff Goldblum drags James Corden for Cats in Drop the Mic rap battle," 30 July 2019 Created in the 1980s, then revived in the 1990s as a spoof of gritty superheroes, Lobo became a fan favorite in his own right. Samantha Nelson, The Verge, "In season 2, Krypton keeps viewers guessing," 12 June 2019 Russia has reportedly also conducted anti-GPS efforts in the Baltic and the Crimea, with a report released earlier this year implicating Russia in nearly 10,000 incidents of GPS spoof. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Russia Is Disrupting GPS Signals and It’s Spilling into Israel," 1 July 2019 His Broad City costars Abbi Jacobson appears as his love interest in a spoof of 50 Shades of Grey in episode 2, and fans of that show will also be able to spot Matt Bevers. Rosy Cordero, EW.com, "Arturo Castro was inspired by real-life bad dates to write Alternatino sketch," 19 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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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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