noun \ˈhü-(ˌ)dü\
plural hoodoos

Definition of HOODOO

:  a body of practices of sympathetic magic traditional especially among blacks in the southern United States
:  a natural column of rock in western North America often in fantastic form
:  something that brings bad luck
hoo·doo·ism \-ˌi-zəm\ noun

Examples of HOODOO

  1. <some economists have characterized the proposal as economic hoodoo that should be hooted down>
  2. <some hoodoo must be at work—I lost both sets of house keys>

Origin of HOODOO

perhaps alteration of voodoo
First Known Use: 1875


transitive verb

Definition of HOODOO

:  to cast a spell on; broadly :  to bring bad luck to

First Known Use of HOODOO


Rhymes with HOODOO


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