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hoax (həʊks Pronunciation for hoax



  1. a deception, esp a practical joke


  1. (transitive) to deceive or play a joke on (someone)

Derived Forms

ˈhoaxer noun

Word Origin

C18: probably from hocus


View thesaurus entry
= trick, joke, fraud, con, deception, spoof, prank, swindle, ruse, practical joke, canard, fast one, imposture, fastie
= deceive, trick, fool, take in, con, wind up, kid, bluff, dupe, gull, delude, swindle, bamboozle, gammon, hoodwink, take (someone) for a ride, befool, hornswoggle, scam

Translations for 'hoax'

  • British English: hoax A hoax is a trick in which someone tells people a lie, for example that a picture is genuine when it is not. NOUNHe denied making the hoax call but was convicted after a short trial.
  • Brazilian Portuguese: trote
  • Chinese: 谎报谎謊报報
  • European Spanish: broma
  • French: canular
  • German: Streich
  • Italian: scherzo
  • Japanese: でっち上げ
  • Korean: 속임
  • Portuguese: trote
  • Spanish: broma

Example Sentences Including 'hoax'

Piercey was playing for time, trying to decide if the call was genuine or some kind of hoax.
Harcourt, Palma A Matter of Conscience
She scanned the board for a move that would box him in -- hex, hoax or harry him.
Sillitoe, Alan The Open Door
Either it was a meaningless hoax , or it was a cleverly disguised warning, deadly serious.
Heller, Keith Man's Loving Family


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