\ 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 The crooks often use software to spoof caller ID services into showing phone numbers for the Social Security Administration or its fraud hotline. oregonlive, "Liz Weston: Seeing elderly relatives over the holidays? Here are popular scams to put on their radar," 23 Dec. 2019 For 23 years, Rebecca Pearcy has been busy in her Portland studio designing, making and selling her Queen Bee Creations line of bags and accessories that other companies imitated, comedians spoofed and customers adored. oregonlive, "Designer who inspired ‘Portlandia’s’ ‘Put a Bird on It’ is closing Queen Bee shop to focus on new company," 24 Sep. 2019 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Recent episodes included laugh tracks, a spoof of This American Life, and a bizarre cover of the Game of Thrones theme. Holly Ojalvo, Quartz, "The 3rd annual Quartz Casties: Our favorite podcasts of 2019," 22 Dec. 2019 The only judgment of Ozymandias comes through Rorschach, who, with his problematic politics and psychological infirmities, is himself a spoof of the righteous-hero trope. Maya Phillips, The New Yorker, "“Watchmen,” “The Boys,” and the False Hope That Superheroes Can Save Us," 17 Dec. 2019 Love Actually allusions pop up in YouTube parodies, in TV commercials, off-Broadway in a musical-comedy spoof, on friends’ social media feeds. Kyle Smith, National Review, "Hail the Romcom Masterpiece," 10 Dec. 2019 In a new spoof on Jimmy Kimmel Live, the show’s producers mashed up the world of the Avengers with the world of The Irishman. Nick Romano, EW.com, "Jimmy Kimmel creates the Martin Scorsese-Marvel movie: The Irish Man," 19 Nov. 2019 In April, Trump shared a spoof video of a video by Joe Biden. BostonGlobe.com, "President Trump on Wednesday shared an altered photograph of himself placing a medal around the neck of the dog injured in the raid last weekend that led to the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the Islamic State’s leader.," 30 Oct. 2019 The billboard emerged just days after a spoof video of Trump violently stabbing and shooting critics, including journalists and politicians, was shown at his Florida golf resort. oregonlive, "Portland company buys controversial Trump-themed billboard in Times Square," 19 Oct. 2019 The billboard emerged just days after a spoof video of Trump violently stabbing and shooting critics, including journalists and politicians, was shown at his Florida golf resort. Washington Post, "‘Let’s put a gag on him’: Retailer buys controversial Trump-themed billboard in Times Square," 18 Oct. 2019 Conservative viewers protested the show, a superhero spoof in which gay protagonists turned into drag queens by night. Ela Bittencourt, The Hollywood Reporter, "Brazilian Religious Groups Threaten Boycott Over Netflix Christmas Special With Gay Jesus," 17 Dec. 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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12 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Spoof.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spoofy?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=s&file=spoof003. Accessed 18 January 2020.

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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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