A dupe is a furry, ceremonial hat worn during ancient pagan rituals...or not. Dupe actually means “trick or deceive.” We’re sorry we tried to dupe you into believing the wrong definition.

Dupe can also refer to the victim of a trick or hoax, and — used in this sense — it sometimes conveys the idea that the victim is easily fooled. Dupe comes from the French word for a type of bird called the hoopoe, which has an extravagant crest and a reputation for being dim-witted. (And no, that's not another attempt to dupe you; it's the truth!)

Definitions of dupe
  1. verb
    fool or hoax
    “The immigrant was duped because he trusted everyone”
    synonyms: befool, cod, fool, gull, put on, put one across, put one over, slang, take in
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    kid, pull the leg of
    tell false information to for fun
    type of:
    betray, deceive, lead astray
    cause someone to believe an untruth
  2. noun
    a person who is tricked or swindled
    synonyms: victim
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    butt, goat, laughingstock, stooge
    a victim of ridicule or pranks
    chump, fall guy, fool, gull, mark, mug, patsy, soft touch, sucker
    a person who is gullible and easy to take advantage of
    a person easily deceived or cheated (especially in financial matters)
    easy mark, sitting duck
    a defenseless victim
    April fool
    the butt of a prank played on April 1st
    type of:
    individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul
    a human being
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