Noun Spoof Definition and Examples







A humorous imitation of something, typically a film or a particular genre of film, in which its characteristic features are exaggerated for comic effect.
  1. 'But it failed to key me up, just as the subject matter, perhaps deliberately, left me never quite sure whether this was an earnest morality tale or a spoof and a send-up.'
  2. 'The danger with satires of this sort is that film-makers, in trying to make their production a viable entry into the genre as well as a spoof of it, lose sight of the initial goal.'
  3. 'The creators of cult the TV hit make their bid for big screen super-stardom with a comic spoof of George Romero's zombie movies, with surprisingly hilarious results.'
  4. 'This is a very big, brawling mix of ideas and interviews, with wacky clips, spoofs and pastiches, some devastatingly funny and pertinent, some of them pretty lame.'
  5. 'In fact, the film pretty neatly sums up why the genre died in the first place - too many films with bad improv comics starring in dismal spoofs of things that have pretty much been spoofed to death.'
  6. 'The video depicts a spoof of the film Bugsy Malone, splurge guns and all, and is something of a classic.'
  7. 'This is just one of the reasons why this sly, sci-fi spoof of a short film is such a welcome surprise.'
  8. 'There are certainly examples dating back to the 1870s of photographers mixing up different images to make jokes or spoofs.'
  9. 'Like Dreamworks' films, the pop-culture references are here, and movie spoofs are anything but thin on the ground.'
  10. 'It is a classic comedy spoof on the disaster films of the 1970s.'
A trick played on someone as a joke.
  1. 'Another claim on the Web page is that you can use it to ‘send your buddies games and hilarious news spoofs.’'


Imitate (something) while exaggerating its characteristic features for comic effect.
  1. 'It's obvious the writers have fun with spoofing the superhero genre.'
  2. 'A former design student turned artist, Yolacan spoofs the fashion industry and its obsession with youth and ephemerality - but gently.'
  3. 'The picture is good at spoofing the hermetic atmosphere of academia without going overboard into parody or caricature.'
  4. 'Various character traits and catchphrases are spoofed, and to get the humor in these moments, a viewer will need to know where they came from.'
  5. 'Perhaps acknowledging this incongruity, he spoofed his desperation in a series of photographs that mock his suicide.'
  6. 'I asked him if he would join me in spoofing the series with a short promotion spot to run on the air during the week.'
  7. 'Mick O'Shea uses toy trains to spoof the art world.'
  8. 'Fela promptly recorded a track titled after the Lagos prison, spoofing the authorities.'
  9. 'Another feature of the cartoon that has been overtly spoofed over the years is the formulaic unfolding of the plot.'
  10. 'Yeah, it's getting more and more difficult to spoof this culture.'
Hoax or trick (someone)
  1. 'I wonder, having spoofed us for two years, are they trying to send us gullible mugs the same signal?'


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

2. a hoax; prank. verb (used with object)

3. to mock (something or someone) lightly and good-humoredly; kid.

4. to fool by a hoax; play a trick on, especially one intended to deceive. verb (used without object)

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


"There can be spoof ads."
"There can be spoof stories."
"There can be spoof reviews."
"There can be spoof reports."
"There can be spoof records."
"There can be spoof letters."
"There can be spoof games."
"There can be spoof forecasts."
"There can be spoof editions."
"There can be spoof coronations."
"There can be spoof campaigns."
"There can be spoof articles."
"photos can have spoofs."
"spoofs can be on attacks."
"spoofs can be on officers."
"spoofs can be on laws."
"spoofs can be on horrors."
"spoofs can be on hits."
"people/places/organizations can have spoofs."
"miserableses can have spoofs."
"spoofs can amuse organizations on dates."
"spoofs can accompany swipes on things."
"spoofs can accompany structures on things."
"spoofs can accompany advices on things."
"spoofs can star people for periods."
"spoofs can star lees for periods."
"spoofs can accompany on things."
"spoofs can star for periods."
"spoofs can amuse in/at/on days."
"spoofs can amuse on dates."

Late 19th century: coined by Arthur Roberts (1852–1933), English comedian.

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