voodoo

noun
voo·​doo | \ ˈvü-(ˌ)dü How to pronounce voodoo (audio) \
plural voodoos

Definition of voodoo

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 or less commonly vodou \ vō-​ˈdü How to pronounce voodoo (audio) \ : a religion that is derived from African polytheism and ancestor worship and is practiced chiefly in Haiti
2a : a person who deals in spells and necromancy
b(1) : a sorcerer's spell : hex
(2) : a hexed object : charm

voodoo

adjective

Definition of voodoo (Entry 2 of 3)

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

voodoo

verb
voodooed; voodooing; voodoos

Definition of voodoo (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

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

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Examples of voodoo in a Sentence

Noun found a voodoo who was willing to put a hex on the man who had jilted her
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Haitian and African immigrants brought voodoo beliefs about black cats, fire and witchcraft. CNN, 13 Oct. 2021 Having seemingly spent more time in the team doctor’s office than on the floor last season, White is hopeful his stint as a human voodoo doll is behind him. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, 30 Sep. 2021 Sure, the Tigers won the national championship in 2019, but that came out of some voodoo that paired up Joe Burrow with pass game coordinator Joe Brady and three NFL wide receivers for one magical fall. Los Angeles Times, 9 Sep. 2021 At the trial, the judge wondered if demonstrators outside the courtroom were using voodoo dolls, or planning to hex anyone. Deborah Netburn, Los Angeles Times, 18 Sep. 2021 There’s a ghost tour, a voodoo tour, and a cemetery stroll. Beth Thames | Bethmthames@gmail.com, al, 1 Sep. 2021 With all this, platforms create data voodoo dolls that enable them to both make predictions of user behavior that can be sold to advertisers and power manipulative recommendation engines. Roger Mcnamee, Wired, 24 July 2021 Witchcraft Bayou with a voodoo theme/dark magic theme as well as a themed bar experience called Poison Grotto. Dewayne Bevil, orlandosentinel.com, 13 July 2021 In bars, vacant lots, galleries and museums, Hammons has worked with elephant dung, voodoo dolls, hair gathered from Black barber shops, basketballs, and bone. Jerry Saltz, Vulture, 10 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective 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 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Pieces on display include everything from decorated vases and wall tiles to voodoo flags and fiber art. Jennifer Billock, Smithsonian, 25 July 2019

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First Known Use of voodoo

Noun

1850, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1880, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1880, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for voodoo

Noun

Louisiana Creole voudou, probably from Ewe vódũ tutelary deity

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Last Updated

16 Oct 2021

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“Voodoo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/voodoo. Accessed 21 Oct. 2021.

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voodoo

noun

English Language Learners Definition of voodoo

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a religion that is practiced chiefly in Haiti

voodoo

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of voodoo (Entry 2 of 2)

: of or relating to voodoo
: not at all sensible or achievable : extremely unrealistic

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