hocus-pocus

noun
ho·cus-po·cus | \ ˌhō-kəs-ˈpō-kəs \

Definition of hocus-pocus 

(Entry 1 of 2)

2 : nonsense or sham used especially to cloak deception

hocus-pocus

verb
hocus-pocussed or hocus-pocused; hocus-pocussing or hocus-pocusing

Definition of hocus-pocus (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to play tricks on

Synonyms for hocus-pocus

Synonyms: Noun

conjuring, legerdemain, magic, prestidigitation

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First Known Use of hocus-pocus

Noun

1647, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1774, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hocus-pocus

Noun

probably from hocus pocus, imitation Latin phrase used by jugglers

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Dictionary Entries near hocus-pocus

hoc opus, hic labor est

hocs

hocus

hocus-pocus

hod

hodad

hodag

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The first known use of hocus-pocus was in 1647

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hocus-pocus

noun

English Language Learners Definition of hocus-pocus

: language or activity that is meant to trick or confuse people

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