Definition of hoax in English:
A humorous or malicious deception: the evidence had been planted as part of an elaborate hoax [as modifier]: a hoax 999 call
More example sentences
- 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[with object] Back to top
Trick or deceive (someone).
- 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.
informal con, kid, have on, pull a fast one on, put one over on, take for a ride, lead someone up the garden path, pull the wool over someone's eyes
informal , dated gammon
Australian informal pull a swifty on
vulgar slang bullshit
late 18th century (as a verb): probably a contraction of hocus.