hoax Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary Cambridge dictionaries logo
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 bomb somewhere when there is not one, or a trick: The bomb threat turned out to be a hoax. He'd made a hoax call claiming 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 large group of people; a trick: It is a cruel hoax, she said, to encourage people to think they have a real chance 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 Vietnamese trò chơi khăm…
in Spanish engaño, trampa, broma pesada…
in Malaysian tipu helah…
in Thai การหลอกลวง…
in French tour…
in German die Falschmeldung…
in Chinese (Traditional) 惡作劇,騙局…
in Russian надувательство, ложная тревога…
in Turkish muziplik, oyun, şaka…
in Chinese (Simplified) 恶作剧,骗局…
in Indonesian tipuan…
in Polish żart…
What is the pronunciation of hoax?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

“hoax” in British English

“hoax” in Business English

A blazing row: words and phrases for arguing and arguments
A blazing row: words and phrases for arguing and arguments
by ,
May 04, 2016
by Kate Woodford We can’t always focus on the positive! This week, we’re looking at the language that is used to refer to arguing and arguments, and the differences in meaning between the various words and phrases. There are several words that suggest that people are arguing about something that is not important. (As you might

Read More 

Word of the Day

force

physical, especially violent, strength, or power

Word of the Day

trigger warning noun
trigger warning noun
May 02, 2016
a warning that a subject may trigger unpleasant emotions or memories This is not, I should stress, an argument that trigger warnings should become commonplace on campus.

Read More