Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

bamboozle

play
verb bam·boo·zle \bam-ˈbü-zəl\

Simple Definition of bamboozle

  • : to trick or confuse (someone)

Full Definition of bamboozle

bam·boo·zledbam·boo·zlingplay \-ˈbüz-liŋ, -ˈbü-zə-\

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to deceive by underhanded methods :  dupe, hoodwink

  3. 2 :  to confuse, frustrate, or throw off thoroughly or completely <a quarterback bamboozled by an unexpected defense>

bam·boo·zle·ment play \-ˈbü-zəl-mənt\ noun

Examples of bamboozle

  1. <bamboozled by con men into buying worthless land in the desert>

  2. <she's completely bamboozled by the latest changes in the tax code>



Origin of bamboozle

origin unknown


First Known Use: 1703

Rhymes with bamboozle



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up bamboozle? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

February 7, 2016

a slight offense

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

image1037863653

Which of the following refers to thin, bending ice, or to the act of running over such ice?

pince-nez kittly-benders duvet spindrift
Name That Thing

10 quick questions: hear them, spell them, and see how your skills compare to the crowd.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ