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bamboozle

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verb bam·boo·zle \bam-ˈbü-zəl\

Simple Definition of bamboozle

  • : to trick or confuse (someone)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of bamboozle

bamboozled

bamboozling

play \-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>

bamboozlement

play \-ˈbü-zəl-mənt\ noun

Examples of bamboozle in a sentence

  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>



Did You Know?

In 1710, Irish author Jonathan Swift wrote an article on "the continual Corruption of our English Tongue" in which he complained of "the Choice of certain Words invented by some pretty Fellows." Among the inventions Swift disliked were bamboozle, bubble (a dupe), put (a fool), and sham. (Perhaps he objected to the use of sham as a verb; he himself had used the adjective meaning "false" a couple of years previously.) What all these words appear to have in common is a connection to the underworld as jargon of criminals. Other than that, the origin of bamboozle remains a mystery, but the over-300-year-old word has clearly defied Swift's assertion that "All new affected Modes of Speech . . . are the first perishing Parts in any Language."

Origin and Etymology of bamboozle

origin unknown


First Known Use: 1703



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