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hoodoo

noun hoo·doo \ ˈhü-(ˌ)dü \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of hoodoo

plural hoodoos
1 :a body of practices of sympathetic magic traditional especially among African-Americans in the southern U.S.
2 :a natural column of rock in western North America often in fantastic form
3 :something that brings bad luck

hoodooism

play \ˈhü-(ˌ)dü-ˌi-zəm\ noun

Examples of hoodoo in a Sentence

  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

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Origin and Etymology of hoodoo

perhaps alteration of voodoo


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hoodoo

verb

Definition of hoodoo

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

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First Known Use of hoodoo

1886



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