Meaning of SPOOF in English

I. ˈspüf verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: from Spoof, a hoaxing game invented by Arthur Roberts died 1933 English comedian

transitive verb

1. : to deceive by a hoax : delude

managed to spoof and terrorize the local officials by impersonating a government inspector — Edmund Stevens

who had often been spoofed but who was still anxious to get at the truth — Saturday Review

2. : to make good-natured fun of often by means of a misrepresentation

the witty screenplay … spoofs this very quality — Los Angeles (Calif.) Examiner

a deft satire … it … spoofs traveling salesmen — Amy Loveman

spoof social customs — John McCarten

also : kid , guy

they're kidding you … don't let them spoof you — Agnes N. Keith

intransitive verb

1. : to use or practice deceit

honesty pays … if I spoof I shall get found out — Thomas Wood †1950

2. : to make fun of a person or thing often by means of a misrepresentation

their type of gently spoofing satirical fantasy — Time

also : kid , joke

hear a minstrel show man spoof about one oyster in the stew — Springfield (Massachusetts) Union

II. noun

( -s )


a. : hoax , feint

one sees that the whole thing is a clumsy spoof — J.F.Runciman

one day a supposed spoof might be the real thing — W.R.Frye

b. : humbug , nonsense

only don't try any more spoof about me — Joyce Cary

2. : a light, amiable, humorous, but usually telling takeoff (as on human nature, customs, or manners) : parody

a pleasant spoof of all the moonstruck nonsense the movies have been dishing up — John McCarten

those quiet, unpretentious, but deliciously funny spoofs of national types and customs — Arthur Knight

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