hoodoo

noun
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

hoodoo

verb
hoodooed; hoodooing; hoodoos

Definition of hoodoo (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

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

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Other Words from hoodoo

Noun

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 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 During the Cretaceous period, which ended 65 million years ago, this region looked strikingly different from the arid steppes and hoodoos that visitors see today. George W. Stone, National Geographic, 16 Aug. 2019 When Eduardo is abruptly killed, Lili calls on some ancient Caribbean hoodoo to bring him back. Noel Murray, Los Angeles Times, 1 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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

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First Known Use of hoodoo

Noun

1870, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1886, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hoodoo

Noun

perhaps alteration of voodoo

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1 May 2021

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“Hoodoo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hoodoo. Accessed 18 Jun. 2021.

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