spoof


spoof
spoof (n.) "hoax, deception," 1884, spouf, name of a game invented by British comedian Arthur Roberts (1852-1933); sense of "a parody, satirical skit or play" is first recorded 1958, from verb in this sense, attested from 1914.

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  • spoof — [spu:f] n [Date: 1800 1900; Origin: Invented name for a game involving deception] a funny book, play, or film that copies something serious or important and makes it seem silly →↑take off spoof of/on ▪ The play is a spoof on Shakespeare s tragedy …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • spoof´er — spoof «spoof», noun, verb. Informal. –n. 1. a trick, joke, or hoax. 2. a light satirical parody; take off: »... to the Imperial Theatre to see “Silk Stockings,” a musical spoof of a Soviet woman commissar s trip to Paris (New York Times). –v.t.,… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Spoof — Spoof, spooves, spoofer or spoofing can refer to: *Parody by imitation *Forgery of goods or documents *Spoofing attack, a computer security term *Referer spoofing, a type of spoofing attack *Protocol spoofing, a technique to increase performance… …   Wikipedia

  • spoof — spoof·er; spoof·ery; spoof; …   English syllables

  • spoof — [ spuf ] noun count a piece of entertainment that copies something in a funny way intended to make it seem silly ╾ spoof verb transitive …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • spoof — [n] trick, mockery bluff, bon mot, burlesque, caricature, cheat, deceit, deception, fake, flim flam*, game, hoax, imposture, jest, joke, lampoon, parody, phony, prank, put on, quip, satire, sell, send up*, sham, take off, travesty, trickery,… …   New thesaurus

  • spoof — informal ► NOUN 1) an imitation of something, especially a film, in which its characteristic features are exaggerated for comic effect; a parody. 2) a trick played on someone as a joke. ► VERB 1) parody. 2) trick or hoax. DERIVATIVES spoofer …   English terms dictionary

  • spoof — [spo͞of] n. [orig. a game involving hoaxing and nonsense, invented ( c. 1889) by Arthur Roberts (1852 1933), Brit comedian] 1. a joke, or deception 2. a light parody or satire vt., vi. 1. to fool; deceive 2. to satirize in a playful, amiable… …   English World dictionary

  • spoof|er|y — «SPOO fuhr ee», noun. Informal. 1. cheating; deceit. 2. the act of makng fun (of); mockery; parody …   Useful english dictionary

  • spoof — UK [spuːf] / US [spuf] noun [countable] Word forms spoof : singular spoof plural spoofs a piece of entertainment that copies something in a funny way that is intended to make it seem silly Derived word: spoof UK / US verb transitive Word forms… …   English dictionary


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