Definition of spoof in English:


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Pronunciation: /spuːf


  • 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 spoof
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    • 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.


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  • 1Imitate (something) while exaggerating its characteristic features for comic effect: it is a movie that spoofs other movies
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    • 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.
    parody, take off, burlesque, pastiche, make fun of
    informal send up
    British vulgar slang take the piss out of
  • 2Hoax or trick (someone): they proceeded to spoof Western intelligence with false information
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    • I wonder, having spoofed us for two years, are they trying to send us gullible mugs the same signal?
  • 2.1Interfere with (radio or radar signals) so as to make them useless: that meant that the Americans might not be able to jam or spoof his systems



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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.

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