What does parody mean?

Definitions for parodyˈpær ə di

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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. parody, lampoon, spoof, sendup, mockery, takeoff, burlesque, travesty, charade, pasquinade, put-on(noun)

    a composition that imitates or misrepresents somebody's style, usually in a humorous way

  2. parody, mockery, takeoff(verb)

    humorous or satirical mimicry

  3. parody(verb)

    make a spoof of or make fun of

  4. spoof, burlesque, parody(verb)

    make a parody of

    "The students spoofed the teachers"


  1. parody(Noun)

    A work or performance that imitates another work or performance with ridicule or irony.

  2. parody(Verb)

    To make a parody of something.

    The comedy movie parodied the entire Western genre.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Parody(noun)

    a writing in which the language or sentiment of an author is mimicked; especially, a kind of literary pleasantry, in which what is written on one subject is altered, and applied to another by way of burlesque; travesty

  2. Parody(noun)

    a popular maxim, adage, or proverb

  3. Parody(verb)

    to write a parody upon; to burlesque

  4. Origin: [L. parodia, Gr. parw,di`a; para` beside + 'w,dh` a song: cf. F. parodie. See Para-, and Ode.]


  1. Parody

    A parody, in current use, is an imitative work created to mock, comment on or trivialise an original work, its subject, author, style, or some other target, by means of satiric or ironic imitation. As the literary theorist Linda Hutcheon puts it, "parody … is imitation, not always at the expense of the parodied text." Another critic, Simon Dentith, defines parody as "any cultural practice which provides a relatively polemical allusive imitation of another cultural production or practice." Parody may be found in art or culture, including literature, music, animation, gaming and film. The writer and critic John Gross observes in his Oxford Book of Parodies, that parody seems to flourish on territory somewhere between pastiche and burlesque. Historically, when a formula grows tired, like in the case of moralistic melodramas in the 1910s, it retains value only as a parody, as in the case of Buster Keaton shorts that mocked it.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Parody

    par′o-di, n. an imitation of a poem in which its words and ideas are so far changed as to produce a ridiculous effect.—v.t. to turn into parody, to make a parody of:—pa.p. par′odied.adjs. Parod′ic, -al.—n. Par′odist, one who writes a parody. [L.,—Gr. parōdiapara, beside, ōdē, an ode.]

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. parody

    A calico cat stuffed with cotton.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of parody in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of parody in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Roger Berkowitz:

    There was absolutely no mal intent in this campaign. We simply wanted to parody what has become a heated election year.

  2. Robert Thompson:

    He could get away with that when he was on the 'Colbert Report' because he was doing a parody of (Fox News Channel pundit) Bill O'Reilly.

  3. Mark Bucher:

    This one kicked back pretty hard. I did it as fun or a parody, but Right to Life supporters mobilized in a millisecond. Just check out our social feeds.

  4. Patricia Gomez:

    I came because of all the ridicule he's heaped on Mexicans, and now it's our turn to make fun of him, this is a parody of what Mexicans think of Americans like Trump.

  5. Simone de Beauvoir:

    It is old age, rather than death, that is to be contrasted with life. Old age is life's parody, whereas death transforms life into a destiny: in a way it preserves it by giving it the absolute dimension. Death does away with time.

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