A spoof is a funny version of something, like a movie or a book. The classic comedy "Young Frankenstein" is a spoof of earlier, serious film adaptations of the famous novel.

You can also call a spoof a parody. A spoof borrows material from the original, copying the style and characteristics that make it obvious what the subject of the spoof is. Movies like "Spaceballs," a spoof of the "Star Wars" films, and "Scary Movie," which spoofs the entire horror film genre, are great examples. Spoof originally meant "hoax," and it comes from a game, Spouf, invented by a British comedian in 1884.

Definitions of spoof

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

burlesque, charade, lampoon, mockery, parody, pasquinade, put-on, sendup, takeoff, travesty
Type of:
caricature, imitation, impersonation
a representation of a person that is exaggerated for comic effect

v make a parody of

“The students spoofed the teachers”
burlesque, parody
make a travesty of
Type of:
imitate with mockery and derision

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