kayfabe

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English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Thought to have originated as carny slang for "protecting the secrets of the business"; may ultimately originate from Pig Latin for "fake" ("ake-fay") or the phrase "be fake" ("e-bay ake-fay").

Noun[edit]

kayfabe (uncountable)

  1. (professional wrestling) The portrayal of events within the industry as real; the portrayal of professional wrestling and the accompanying storylines as not staged or worked.