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voo·​doo ˈvü-(ˌ)dü How to pronounce voodoo (audio)
plural voodoos
or less commonly vodou : a religion that is derived from African polytheism and ancestor worship and is practiced chiefly in Haiti
: a person who deals in spells and necromancy
: a sorcerer's spell : hex
: a hexed object : charm


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: of, relating to, or practicing voodoo
voodoo rituals
: based on highly improbable suppositions : extremely implausible or unrealistic
voodoo economics


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voodooed; voodooing; voodoos

transitive verb

: to bewitch by or as if by means of voodoo : hex

Example Sentences

Noun found a voodoo who was willing to put a hex on the man who had jilted her
Recent Examples on the Web
Chemists use natural materials from the earth, extract their essences, work their voodoo to create exclusive aromas and bottle them up so men and women can smell divine. Dallas News, 30 Nov. 2022 The Dodgers can mix and match, and the front office will consider unconventional ways to deploy pitchers, but analytical voodoo is not a preferred substitute for Buehler and May. Los Angeles Times, 7 Oct. 2022 Craven, for his part, luckily doesn’t depict voodoo as a spooky entity. Robert Daniels, Vulture, 28 July 2022 According to voodoo belief such masks are animated by the spirits of ancestors who by serving the bodies that wear them can communicate with their families by dispensing advice and guidance. Vogue, 7 Nov. 2022 The Poppa Legba oysters, named after a voodoo king, are grilled and dressed with a tangy sriracha lime butter sauce and spicy ghost chili pepper jerk spice. San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 Nov. 2022 The other books were globe-trotting thrillers that featured power-mad millionaires, black-market warheads, pimps, voodoo priests and a solid gold katana, not to mention an always-climbing body count. Borys Kit, The Hollywood Reporter, 20 Oct. 2022 Everett Collection After he is mortally wounded whilst being pursued through a toy store by Detective Mike Norris (Chris Sarandon), serial-killer Charles Lee Ray (Brad Dourif) performs a voodoo spell that transfers his soul into a Good Guys doll. Declan Gallagher, EW.com, 20 Oct. 2022 The sonic magic of the song pairs beautifully with lyrics that also seemingly have a certain type of voodoo wrapped up within them. Tricia Despres, Peoplemag, 4 Oct. 2022
In fact, during the mid-60s, Bo was the funkiest cat of them all, a trait reflected in this 1966 collaboration with Art Neville that sounds like Otis Redding zapped with voodoo magic. Ron Hart, Billboard, 23 July 2019 Customers who feel they’ve been overcharged, customers who talk about one-hour hold times with customer service, customers who think the explanations given for their bills is voodoo economics. Erik Lacitis, The Seattle Times, 15 Jan. 2018 See More

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Word History



Louisiana Creole voudou, probably from Ewe vódũ tutelary deity

First Known Use


1850, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1880, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1880, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of voodoo was in 1850

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Cite this Entry

“Voodoo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/voodoo. Accessed 30 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition


plural voodoos
: a religion that is based on African ancestor worship and practiced chiefly in Haiti
: a person who deals in spells and magic
voodoo adjective

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