Definition of hoax in English:

hoax

Syllabification: hoax
Pronunciation: /hōks
 
/

noun

  • A humorous or malicious deception: they recognized the plan as a hoax [as modifier]: he was accused of making hoax calls
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    • But no accident was discovered and police are treating the incident as a malicious hoax call.
    • They organised elaborate hoaxes like the bestowing of imaginary honours, which he appears to have accepted with due solemnity.
    • As I speculated before, it could be that he is the victim of an elaborate hoax.

verb

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  • Deceive with a hoax.
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    • I now have reason to believe that in unraveling a hoax I was hoaxed myself.
    • James also investigated the case and found that Tina was hoaxing her adoptive parents and using the media attention to assist her quest to find her biological parents.
    • No amount of fossil data will induce them to admit they are hoaxing their readers.

Origin

late 18th century (as a verb): probably a contraction of hocus.

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