hoax Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of “hoax” in the English Dictionary

"hoax" in British English

See all translations

hoaxnoun [C]

uk   /həʊks/  us   /hoʊks/
a ​plan to ​deceive someone, such as ​telling the ​police there is a ​bombsomewhere when there is not one, or a ​trick: The ​bombthreatturned out to be a hoax. He'd made a hoax callclaiming to be the ​president.

hoaxverb [T]

uk   /həʊks/  us   /hoʊks/
to ​deceive, ​especially by ​playing a ​trick on someone
hoaxer
noun [C] uk   /ˈhəʊk.sər/  us   /ˈhoʊk.sɚ/
(Definition of hoax from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"hoax" in American English

See all translations

hoaxnoun [C]

 us   /hoʊks/
a ​plan to ​deceive a ​largegroup of ​people; a ​trick: It is a ​cruel hoax, she said, to ​encouragepeople to ​think they have a ​realchance to ​win the ​lottery.
(Definition of hoax from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"hoax" in Business English

See all translations

hoaxverb [T]

uk   us   /həʊks/
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

hoaxnoun [C]

uk   us   /həʊks/
a trick or something else that is intended to ​deceive someone: A hoax ​led thousands to ​donate to a fake ​charity. a cruel/elaborate hoax
(Definition of hoax from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “hoax”
in Spanish trampa, engaño, broma pesada…
in Vietnamese trò chơi khăm…
in Malaysian tipu helah…
in Thai การหลอกลวง…
in French tour…
in German die Falschmeldung…
in Chinese (Simplified) 恶作剧,骗局…
in Turkish muziplik, oyun, şaka…
in Russian надувательство, ложная тревога…
in Indonesian tipuan…
in Chinese (Traditional) 惡作劇,騙局…
in Polish żart…
What is the pronunciation of hoax?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website
Word of the Day
public school

in England, an expensive type of private school (= school paid for by parents not by the government)

Word of the Day