- 1A humorous imitation of something, typically a film or a particular genre of film, in which its characteristic features are exaggerated for comic effect: a Robin Hood spoofMore example sentences
- 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.
- 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.
- All the laborious editing serves slight purpose, and presents the wearying phenomenon of a spoof of a schlock genre that is virtually a parody of itself.
- 2A trick played on someone as a joke.More example sentences
- Another claim on the Web page is that you can use it to ‘send your buddies games and hilarious news spoofs.’
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- 1Imitate (something) while exaggerating its characteristic features for comic effect: it is a movie that spoofs other moviesMore example sentences
- If you remember the '80s teen classics and want a movie that spoofs them well, look elsewhere.
- It's obvious the writers have fun with spoofing the superhero genre.
- 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.
- 2Hoax or trick (someone): they proceeded to spoof Western intelligence with false informationMore example sentences
- I wonder, having spoofed us for two years, are they trying to send us gullible mugs the same signal?
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- This government are a bunch of shysters and spoofers.
- That places radio and television broadcasters and cable TV companies at risk of being fooled by spoofers with a little technical know-how and some off-the-shelf electronic components.
- Then, if you want, you can sue spoofers for trademark infringement.
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- It vandalises a gutsy satirical classic, in this case with a mixture of misjudged condescension, smirking spoofery and culpable failure of nerve.
- It has itself become a self-conscious genre inviting spoofery.
- The faux thriller spoofery goes silly-side-up and Steve's boisterous young assistant isn't given enough to do, but this is a small price to pay for the genius that is Brooks.
late 19th century: coined by Arthur Roberts (1852–1933), English comedian.