from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An act intended to deceive or trick.
  • n. Something that has been established or accepted by fraudulent means.
  • transitive v. To deceive or cheat by using a hoax.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To deceive (someone) by making them believe something which has been maliciously or mischievously fabricated.
  • n. Anything deliberately intended to deceive or trick.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A deception for mockery or mischief; a deceptive trick or story; a practical joke.
  • transitive v. To deceive by a story or a trick, for sport or mischief; to impose upon sportively.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To deceive by an amusing or mischievous fabrication or fiction; play upon the credulity of.
  • n. A humorous or mischievous deception; a practical joke; usually, a marvelous or exciting fabrication or fiction gravely related as a test of credulity.
  • n. One who misleads or deceives; a hoaxer; a humbug.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. something intended to deceive; deliberate trickery intended to gain an advantage
  • v. subject to a playful hoax or joke


Perhaps alteration of hocus.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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