hoodwink

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verb hood·wink \ˈhu̇d-ˌwiŋk\

Definition of hoodwink

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 archaic :  blindfold

  3. 2 obsolete :  hide

  4. 3 :  to deceive by false appearance :  dupe <people who allow themselves to be hoodwinked by such promises>

hoodwinker

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Examples of hoodwink in a sentence

  1. Don't let yourself be hoodwinked into buying things you don't need.

  2. <Tom Sawyer famously hoodwinked the other boys into thinking there was nothing more enjoyable than whitewashing a fence.>

Did You Know?

A now-obsolete sense of the word wink is "to close one's eyes," and "hoodwink" once meant to cover the eyes of someone, such as a prisoner, with a hood or blindfold. ("Hoodwink" was also once a name for the game of blindman's buff.) This 16th-century term soon came to be used figuratively for veiling the truth. "The Public is easily hood-winked," wrote the Irish physician Charles Lucas in 1756, by which time the figurative use had been around for almost a century and a half. Two hundred and fifty years later, this meaning of the word hasn't changed a wink: "The American public has been hoodwinked and fleeced," wrote Theodore Wolff, for example, in the Iowa State Daily on July 6, 2006.

Origin and Etymology of hoodwink

1hood + wink


First Known Use: 1562


HOODWINK Defined for English Language Learners

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verb hood·wink \ˈhu̇d-ˌwiŋk\

Definition of hoodwink for English Language Learners

  • : to deceive or trick (someone)


HOODWINK Defined for Kids

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verb hood·wink \ˈhu̇d-ˌwiŋk\

Definition of hoodwink for Students

hoodwinked

hoodwinking

  1. :  to mislead by trickery <“I will personally be ensuring that no underage student hoodwinks our impartial judge …” — J. K. Rowling, Goblet of Fire>



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