[ spoof ]
/ spuf /


a mocking imitation of someone or something, usually light and good-humored; lampoon or parody: The show was a spoof of college life.
a hoax; prank.

verb (used with object)

to mock (something or someone) lightly and good-humoredly; kid.
to fool by a hoax; play a trick on, especially one intended to deceive.

verb (used without object)

to scoff at something lightly and good-humoredly; kid: The campus paper was always spoofing about the regulations.

Origin of spoof

First recorded in 1885–90; after a game invented and named by Arthur Roberts (1852–1933), British comedian

Example sentences from the Web for spoofing

British Dictionary definitions for spoofing (1 of 2)



the act or an instance of impersonating another person on the internet or via email

British Dictionary definitions for spoofing (2 of 2)

/ (spuːf) informal /


a mildly satirical mockery or parody; lampoon a spoof on party politics
a good-humoured deception or trick; prank


to indulge in a spoof of (a person or thing)
to communicate electronically under a false identity

Derived forms of spoof

spoofer, noun

Word Origin for spoof

C19: coined by A. Roberts (1852–1933), English comedian, to designate a game of his own invention