hoo·​doo | \ ˈhü-(ˌ)dü How to pronounce hoodoo (audio) \
plural hoodoos

Definition of hoodoo

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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


hoodooed; hoodooing; hoodoos

Definition of hoodoo (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to cast a spell on broadly : to bring bad luck to

Other Words from hoodoo


hoodooism \ ˈhü-​(ˌ)dü-​ˌi-​zəm How to pronounce hoodoo (audio) \ noun

Examples of hoodoo in a Sentence

Noun some economists have characterized the proposal as economic hoodoo that should be hooted down some hoodoo must be at work—I lost both sets of house keys
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But unlike those hoodoo-dotted landscapes, this park takes a different approach. Stephanie Vermillion, Outside Online, 14 Mar. 2022 Cue pandemonium inside Wembley, as the crowd finally started to believe their tournament hoodoo against Germany was coming to end. Matias Grez, CNN, 29 June 2021 Bryce Canyon’s hoodoo collection is most enchanting at sunrise and sunset, but days here are filled with hiking and rock climbing. Brandon Schultz, Forbes, 21 Apr. 2021 Visitors can view the hoodoo heaven from the park’s many hiking trails and several scenic overlooks. Nick Kontis, USA Today, 12 Apr. 2021 In Black Magic: Religion and the African American Conjuring Tradition, as Bloomfield notes, author Yvonne Chireau argues that alternative forms of Black religion such as conjure and hoodoo are a complement to African-American Christianity. Stephanie Long, refinery29.com, 28 Feb. 2021 Making it past the last four had become something of a hoodoo for Bayern Munich; heading into its match against Lyon, the Germans had lost in each of its last four Champions League semifinals. Matias Grez, CNN, 21 Aug. 2020 Manchester United's penalty hoodoo appears to be over. SI.com, 18 Sep. 2019 The crash happened near a highway rest stop a few miles from Bryce Canyon, known for intricately shaped red-rock spires called hoodoos. San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Exploring the numerous phenomena is made easy thanks to a 7-mile, drivable loop that meanders through mind-bending cone, spatter, and hoodoo formations, some of which solidified in mid-flight as far back as 15,000 years ago. Sunset Magazine, 16 May 2022 Black women in particular have launched Black girl magik meetups, witchcraft conventions, hoodoo festivals and goth clothing lines. NBC News, 30 Oct. 2020 Real Madrid finally broke their Signal Iduna Park hoodoo at the seventh time of asking with a 3-1 over Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League on Tuesday evening. SI.com, 26 Sep. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of hoodoo


1868, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1868, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hoodoo


perhaps alteration of voodoo

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“Hoodoo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hoodoo. Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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