hocus

verb
ho·​cus | \ ˈhō-kəs How to pronounce hocus (audio) \
hocussed or hocused; hocussing or hocusing

Definition of hocus

transitive verb

1 : to perpetrate a trick or hoax on : deceive
2 : to befuddle often with drugged liquor also : dope, drug hocussed the favorite before the race

First Known Use of hocus

1675, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for hocus

obsolete hocus, noun, short for hocus-pocus

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“Hocus.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hocus. Accessed 23 January 2020.

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