What does hoax mean?

Definitions for hoaxhoʊks

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word hoax.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. fraud, fraudulence, dupery, hoax, humbug, put-on(verb)

    something intended to deceive; deliberate trickery intended to gain an advantage

  2. hoax, pull someone's leg, play a joke on(verb)

    subject to a playful hoax or joke


  1. hoax(Noun)

    Anything deliberately intended to deceive or trick.

  2. hoax(Verb)

    To deceive (someone) by making them believe something which has been maliciously or mischievously fabricated.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Hoax(noun)

    a deception for mockery or mischief; a deceptive trick or story; a practical joke

  2. Hoax(verb)

    to deceive by a story or a trick, for sport or mischief; to impose upon sportively

  3. Origin: [Prob. contr. fr. hocus, in hocus-pocus.]


  1. Hoax

    A hoax is a deliberately fabricated falsehood made to masquerade as truth. It is distinguishable from errors in observation or judgment, or rumors, urban legends, pseudosciences or April Fools' Day events that are passed along in good faith by believers or as jokes.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Hoax

    hōks, n. a deceptive trick: a practical joke.—v.t. to deceive: to play a trick upon for sport, or without malice.—ns. Hoaxee′; Hoax′er; Hoax′ing. [Corr. of hocus. See Hocus-pocus.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of hoax in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of hoax in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Zalman Stern, former ITC hacker diety:

    Distributed file systems are a cruel hoax.

  2. Jean Anouilh:

    Talent is like a faucet while it is open, you have to write. Inspiration - a hoax fabricated by poets for their self-importance.

  3. Jean Anouilh:

    Talent is like a faucet; while it is open, you have to write. Inspiration? - a hoax fabricated by poets for their self-importance.

  4. Donald Trump:

    It’s not a hoax, it’s a strategy and marketing 101 ! senator Stabenow and I do share a love of music, although probably not the same kind.

  5. Donald Trump:

    Obama's talking about all of this with the global warming and ... a lot of it's a hoax. It's a hoax, i mean, it's a money-making industry, OK? It's a hoax, a lot of it.

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