I. transitive verb Etymology: probably contraction of hocus Date: circa 1796 to trick into believing or accepting as genuine something false and often preposterous • hoaxer noun II. noun Date: 1808 1. an act intended to trick or dupe ; imposture 2. something accepted or established by fraud or fabrication

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  • Hoax — 〈[ hoʊks] m.; , 〉 1. Irreführung, Täuschung, Streich 2. 〈EDV〉 vorsätzliche Falschmeldung über bösartige E Mails u. Viren, die Festplatten löschen od. ähnliche Schäden anrichten können [engl.] * * * Hoax [hoʊks ], der; , es […ksɪs] [engl. hoax =… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • hoax — Ⅰ. hoax UK US /həʊks/ verb [T] ► to deceive someone, especially by playing a trick on them: »A fake website was set up and a number of people were hoaxed. → See also SWINDLE(Cf. ↑swindle) Ⅱ. hoax UK US /həʊks/ noun [C] …   Financial and business terms

  • hoax — [həuks US houks] n [Date: 1700 1800; Origin: Probably from hocus; HOCUS POCUS] 1.) a false warning about something dangerous ▪ a bomb hoax ▪ hoax calls (=telephone calls giving false information) to the police 2.) an attempt to make people… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Hoax — Hoax, n. [Prob. contr. fr. hocus, in hocus pocus.] A deception for mockery or mischief; a deceptive trick or story; a practical joke. Macaulay. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Hoax — Hoax, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Hoaxed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Hoaxing}.] To deceive by a story or a trick, for sport or mischief; to impose upon sportively. Lamb. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Hoax — [houks] der; , es <aus gleichbed. engl. hoax, dies aus älter engl. hocus, vgl. ↑Hokuspokus> auf die Unwissenheit bzw. Gutgläubigkeit des Adressaten zählende Falschmeldung (z. B. über angeblich existierende, bes. gefährliche Computerviren);… …   Das große Fremdwörterbuch

  • hoax — hoax·er; hoax; …   English syllables

  • hoax — [n] trick cheat, cock and bull story*, con*, con game*, crock*, deceit, deception, dodge, fabrication, fake, falsification, fast one*, fast shuffle*, fib, flimflam*, fraud, gimmick, gyp*, hooey*, humbug*, hustle, imposture, joke, lie, practical… …   New thesaurus

  • hoax — ► NOUN ▪ a humorous or malicious deception. ► VERB ▪ deceive with a hoax. DERIVATIVES hoaxer noun. ORIGIN probably a contraction of obsolete hocus «trickery», from HOCUS POCUS(Cf. ↑hocus pocus) …   English terms dictionary

  • hoax — [hōks] n. [< ? HOCUS] a trick or fraud, esp. one meant as a practical joke vt. to deceive with a hoax SYN. CHEAT hoaxer n …   English World dictionary

  • Hoax — (engl., spr. hōks), betrügerischer Streich oder Possen, insbes. auf Täuschung abzielende Börsenmanöver …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

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