Definition of lampoon in US English:



[with object]
  • Publicly criticize (someone or something) by using ridicule, irony, or sarcasm.

    ‘the senator made himself famous as a pinch-penny watchdog of public spending, lampooning dubious federal projects’
    • ‘More fairytale favourites are lampooned as Shrek, Donkey and Princess Fiona set out on another whirlwind adventure in the hilarious sequel, Shrek 2.’
    • ‘And so the institution in which Ned finds his home is lampooned with glee - probably because they can.’
    • ‘First came a song lampooning the chancellor for breaking his promises on tax.’
    • ‘He was taken by the idea of lampooning the soaps, but was ultimately more interested in satirizing our celebrity-obsessed culture.’
    • ‘In the past 18 years he has transformed himself from a spirited iconoclast, fearlessly lampooning the excesses of the rich and famous, into an aspiring member of the haute bourgeoisie.’
    • ‘The Europeans lampooned him as a savage - and worse.’
    • ‘This man's boldness-or foolhardiness-has been lampooned in the press and joked about all over the world.’
    • ‘Gordon Liu, a veteran Chinese actor, has a standout role lampooning the traditional kung-fu master role.’
    • ‘Punch, the satirical magazine that lampooned the establishment for more than 150 years, has closed.’
    • ‘It is also often very insular, lampooning specific ideas or conventions which even some SF readers may not be familiar with.’
    • ‘The courtroom became a vaudeville theatre, as the MP lampooned his interrogators, accusing them of making ‘schoolboy howler’ mistakes.’
    • ‘Adverts for the £60,000 a year jobs were lampooned in The Daily Telegraph's non-job of the week column, last October.’
    • ‘He lampooned the teachers and others in caricature sketches and articles which he would circulate among friends during class at school and later at art college.’
    • ‘Many men lampooned her for her extravagance, but women, by contrast, envied her.’
    • ‘William Hague lampooned him mercilessly for it afterwards.’
    • ‘They're not lampooning designers in general as much as they are design elitism.’
    • ‘But the shift from lampooning celebrities to flattering them was another thing entirely, a brazen case of poacher turning gamekeeper.’
    • ‘It lampooned the way in which women are portrayed as sex objects in the daily press, radio and TV.’
    • ‘Wallace & Gromit has a lot of good-natured fun lampooning conventions from old horror movies (both those from Universal and Hammer).’
    • ‘Closed circuit cameras in city centres were lampooned as being ‘Big Brother’ when they were first introduced.’
    satirize, mock, ridicule, make fun of, poke fun at, caricature, burlesque, parody, take off, guy, make a fool of, rag, tease
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  • A speech or text lampooning someone or something.

    ‘does this sound like a lampoon of student life?’
    • ‘Peter Rostovsky's third solo show at The Project was at once a lampoon of and homage to Romantic landscape painting.’
    • ‘An early example of this was Bizarre, a show that seemed intent on shocking, not least by a liberal sprinkling of the f-word in its irreverent sketches and lampoons.’
    • ‘It also experienced severe financial setbacks, rioting, verbal and physical abuse, and lampoons in city papers.’
    • ‘Great lampoons introduce a familiar setup then take the audience somewhere unexpected.’
    • ‘His taunting of the king and a scurrilous lampoon of Charles II in front of the French ambassador helps to seal his fate.’
    • ‘The story comes across as a lampoon of Hollywood, a sort of lame echo of Robert Altman's The Player.’
    • ‘In one hour, he takes on 50 different caricatures in a flurry of bright-coloured paper cut-outs, all of them elaborate, exaggerated lampoons of familiar icons, moving from one to another like a human flick-book.’
    • ‘This is probably the most nuanced, delicately expressed message of the film and it seems to be the one area where he doesn't go for the kneejerk answer or the easy lampoon.’
    • ‘Ted's first cartoon, a lampoon of the Lawrence of Arabia craze, appeared in the July 16, 1927, issue of the Saturday Evening Post.’
    • ‘Reid's ardent theme, ‘Izzy and Lizzy,’ with the same bar pattern as ‘Frankie and Johnnie,’ is a lampoon of the sordid nineteenth-century folk song.’
    • ‘As noted earlier, this ideologically confused lampoon seems unsure of its target.’
    • ‘The result was a wacky lampoon featuring dolls, newspapers, and rolls of tape.’
    • ‘Nothing destroys a lampoon faster than someone unwilling to take it seriously.’
    • ‘This is not simply a lampoon of the genius-architect; it is also an homage by the one-time architecture student.’
    • ‘So I think you're still playing a fine line, but I am satirising him and the lampoon is this - here is a very hungry, publicity-seeking guy who will do anything for anybody given the opportunity.’
    • ‘So I was particularly impressed with John O'Farrell's lampoon of the new gambling laws in today's Guardian.’
    • ‘She had a score of minor writers imprisoned without trial for writing lampoons against her.’
    • ‘However, in many ways the film is more of a lampoon of Hollywood than current US policy.’
    • ‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding is more in the nature of an embrace and celebration of Greek culture than it is a lampoon.’
    • ‘America's Sweethearts is first and foremost a lampoon of today's Hollywood, and its targets are as diverse as the cast.’
    satire, burlesque, parody, skit, caricature, imitation, impersonation, impression, travesty, take-off, mockery, squib
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Mid 17th century: from French lampon, said to be from lampons ‘let us drink’ (used as a refrain), from lamper ‘gulp down’, nasalized form of laper ‘to lap (liquid)’.