- The definition of a hoax is a deception, intended to trick or mislead.
A fake news story published to entertain or trick people is an example of a hoax.
Origin: from uncertain or unknown; perhaps hocus
- hoaxer noun
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- An act intended to deceive or trick.
- Something that has been established or accepted by fraudulent means.
Origin: Perhaps alteration of hocus.
- hoaxˈer noun