noun, plural par·o·dies.

  1. a humorous or satirical imitation of a serious piece of literature or writing: his hilarious parody of Hamlet’s soliloquy.
  2. the genre of literary composition represented by such imitations.
  3. a burlesque imitation of a musical composition.
  4. any humorous, satirical, or burlesque imitation, as of a person, event, etc.
  5. the use in the 16th century of borrowed material in a musical setting of the Mass (parody Mass).
  6. a poor or feeble imitation or semblance; travesty: His acting is a parody of his past greatness.

verb (used with object), par·o·died, par·o·dy·ing.

  1. to imitate (a composition, author, etc.) for purposes of ridicule or satire.
  2. to imitate poorly or feebly; travesty.

noun plural -dies

  1. a musical, literary, or other composition that mimics the style of another composer, author, etc, in a humorous or satirical way
  2. mimicry of someone’s individual manner in a humorous or satirical way
  3. something so badly done as to seem an intentional mockery; travesty

verb -dies, -dying or -died

  1. (tr) to make a parody of

n.1590s (first recorded use in English is in Ben Jonson), from or in imitation of Latin parodia “parody,” from Greek paroidia “burlesque song or poem,” from para- “beside, parallel to” (see para- (1), in this case, “mock-“) + oide “song, ode” (see ode). The meaning “poor or feeble imitation” is from 1830. Related: Parodic; parodical. v.c.1745, from parody (n.). Related: Parodied; parodying. In art, music, or literature, a satire that mimics the style of its object.

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