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Meaning of HOAX

Pronunciation:  howks

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  something intended to deceive; deliberate trickery intended to gain an advantage
  2. [v]  subject to a palyful hoax or joke

HOAX is a 4 letter word that starts with H.


 Synonyms: dupery, fraud, fraudulence, humbug, play a joke on, pull someone's leg, put-on
 See Also: chicanery, cozen, deceive, delude, goldbrick, guile, lead on, Piltdown hoax, Piltdown man, shenanigan, trickery, wile



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Hoax\, n. [Prob. contr. fr. hocus, in hocus-pocus.]
    A deception for mockery or mischief; a deceptive trick or
    story; a practical joke. --Macaulay.
  2. \Hoax\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Hoaxed}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    To deceive by a story or a trick, for sport or mischief; to
    impose upon sportively. --Lamb.
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