Thesaurus

hoax

noun

Synonyms & Antonyms of hoax

(Entry 1 of 2)

an imitation that is passed off as genuine
  • the skeleton of the purported ancient hominid turned out to be a hoax

Synonyms for hoax

Words Related to hoax

Near Antonyms for hoax

hoax

verb

Synonyms & Antonyms of hoax (Entry 2 of 2)

to cause to believe what is untrue
  • a skilled forger who hoaxed the art world into believing that the paintings were long-lost Vermeers

Synonyms for hoax

Words Related to hoax

Phrases Synonymous with hoax

Near Antonyms for hoax

Antonyms for hoax

See the Dictionary Definition 

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about hoax

Time Traveler for hoax

Time Traveler

The first known use of hoax was circa 1796

See more words from the same year

Cite this Entry

“Hoax.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/hoax. Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on hoax

Dictionary: Definition of hoax

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with hoax

Spanish Central: Translation of hoax

Nglish: Translation of hoax for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of hoax for Arabic Speakers

Comments on hoax

What made you want to look up hoax? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

See Definitions and Examples »

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

More Confusing Words—Quiz

  • cats on impossible timber
  • The magician ______ moved the selected card to the top of the deck.
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!