verb hood·wink \ˈhd-ˌwiŋk\

: to deceive or trick (someone)

Full Definition of HOODWINK

transitive verb
archaic :  blindfold
obsolete :  hide
:  to deceive by false appearance :  dupe
hood·wink·er noun

Examples of HOODWINK

  1. Don't let yourself be hoodwinked into buying things you don't need.
  2. <Tom Sawyer famously hoodwinked the other boys into thinking there was nothing more enjoyable than whitewashing a fence.>

Origin of HOODWINK

1hood + wink
First Known Use: 1562
HOODWINK Defined for Kids


verb hood·wink \ˈhd-ˌwiŋk\

Definition of HOODWINK for Kids

:  to mislead by trickery <“I will personally be ensuring that no underage student hoodwinks our impartial judge …” — J. K. Rowling, Goblet of Fire>


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