Meaning of parody


A parody is a humorous or mocking imitation of something, using the same form as the original. To parody a poem, you have to write another poem.

A parody is a form of humor that spoofs — or satirizes — something using the same form. For example, shows like “Saturday Night Live” and “The Daily Show” parody newscasts by doing fake newscasts that look like the real thing. Comedians and comedy writers love to parody the President. Anything in the public eye could be the object of a parody.

Definitions of parody
  1. noun

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


    burlesque, charade, lampoon, mockery, pasquinade, put-on, sendup, spoof, takeoff, travesty

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    type of:

    caricature, imitation, impersonation

    a representation of a person that is exaggerated for comic effect

  2. noun

    humorous or satirical mimicry


    mockery, takeoff

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    type of:

    apery, mimicry

    the act of mimicking; imitative behavior

  3. verb

    make a parody of


    burlesque, spoof

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    make a travesty of
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    imitate with mockery and derision

  4. verb

    make a spoof of or make fun of

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    type of:

    act, play, represent

    play a role or part

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