Origin of hoaxfrom uncertain or unknown; perhaps hocus
A fake news story published to entertain or trick people is an example of a hoax.
- An act intended to deceive or trick.
- Something that has been established or accepted by fraudulent means.
transitive verbhoaxed, hoax·ing, hoax·es
Origin of hoaxPerhaps alteration of hocus
(third-person singular simple present hoaxes, present participle hoaxing, simple past and past participle hoaxed)
- To deceive (someone) by making them believe something which has been maliciously or mischievously fabricated. (scam)
- Even worse than the financial and personal damage caused by this hoax was the damage it caused to research conducted by serious investigators, such as the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization (BFRO).
- The New Orleans police department was eventually overwhelmed with so many phone calls asking about the rumor that they published a web site explaining that the story was a hoax.
- Would you be surprised to learn that many of the common superstitions and popular stories that people believe in today are nothing more than an urban legends hoax?
- Most people thought it was a promotional hoax as Mariah's album E=MC2 had just been released and Cannon has no less than four movies due out some time this year.
- A recent hoax coming out of Georgia provides an excellent example of why you must be very careful to examine all of the evidence in an account before declaring it a valid sighting.