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From French lampon (satire, mockery, ridicule), built on French lampons (let us drink — a popular refrain for scurrilous songs), from lamper (to quaff, to swig)[1][2].

Littré quotes[3] a satirical song mocking King Jacques II Stuart, fleeing Dublin, in 1691, and returning to France under the escort of Lauzun:
Prenez soin de ma couronne, J'aurai soin de ma personne ;[4]
("Take care of my crown, I will take care of my person")
Lampons ! lampons !


  • IPA(key): /læmˈpuːn/
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lampoon (plural lampoons)

  1. A written attack or other work ridiculing a person, group, or institution.
    • 1777, Richard Brinsley Sheridan, The School for Scandal, I.i:
      To say truth, Ma'am, 'tis very vulgar to Print and as my little Productions are mostly Satires and Lampoons I find they circulate more by giving copies in confidence to the Friends of the Parties—
    • 1837, L[etitia] E[lizabeth] L[andon], “Alteration”, in Ethel Churchill: Or, The Two Brides. [], volume II, London: Henry Colburn, [], →OCLC, page 22:
      "Dangerous things, sir—dangerous things!" exclaimed Mr. Lintot, drawing a deep breath of air from the open window: "do you know, sir, Curl published a lampoon on Lord Hervey the other day, who said that he would have horsewhipped him if he could have found his way into the city...

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lampoon (third-person singular simple present lampoons, present participle lampooning, simple past and past participle lampooned)

  1. To satirize or poke fun at.


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  1. ^ Douglas Harper (2001–2023), “lampoon”, in Online Etymology Dictionary.
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  3. ^ (please provide the title of the work)[1], accessed 30 May 2019, archived from the original on 2019-05-30
  4. ^ lampon” in Émile Littré, Dictionnaire de la langue française, 1872–1877.

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