Dictionary

hoodwink

verb hood·wink \ˈhd-ˌwiŋk\

: to deceive or trick (someone)

Full Definition of HOODWINK

transitive verb
1
archaic :  blindfold
2
obsolete :  hide
3
:  to deceive by false appearance :  dupe
hood·wink·er noun
ADVERTISEMENT

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
HOODWINKERS Defined for Kids

hoodwink

verb hood·wink \ˈhd-ˌwiŋk\
hood·winkedhood·wink·ing

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>

Browse

Next Word in the Dictionary: hoodwisePrevious Word in the Dictionary: hoodsheafAll Words Near: hoodwink
How to use a word that (literally) drives some people nuts.
Test your vocab with our fun, fast game
Ailurophobia, and 9 other unusual fears