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 vodou (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 It’s because of Flora, who appears to be doing some kind of voodoo. Shannon Carlin, refinery29.com, "The Haunting of Bly Manor," 13 Oct. 2020 We were being controlled, like voodoo dolls in the palms of Big Tech. Arielle Pardes, Wired, "Hate Social Media? You’ll Love This Documentary," 9 Sep. 2020 The film features the Olympia Brass Band leading a jazz funeral through the French Quarter, a voodoo villain (Geoffrey Holder) and chase scenes at Lakefront Airport, Irish Bayou and Bayou Liberty. Blake Pontchartrain, NOLA.com, "Blakeview: 'Live and Let Die' brought James Bond to New Orleans," 10 Aug. 2020 The one Haitian character brings a virus back from the island and has a thing for voodoo dolls. Junot Díaz, New York Times, "James McBride’s ‘Deacon King Kong’ Is a Supercharged Urban Farce Lit Up by Thunderbolts of Rage," 29 Feb. 2020 The characters on the periphery — the black transgender woman, the voodoo priestess, the troubled, uneducated young man who is the murder victim — might drive the story this time, emerging as something more than the sum of their quirks. New York Times, "New & Noteworthy, From Carrie Fisher to the Case for Impeachment," 17 Dec. 2019 Shelves full of books on voodoo, charms, vampires, mythology, ghosts, natural healing and dreams line one wall. Susan Dunne, courant.com, "You might think the vibe at this curiosity shop and arts venue is creepy, or it might be just what you’re looking for," 2 Dec. 2019 What came to be the most interesting discovery of my tenure as a fashion critic at The New York Times was how much subliminal voodoo is crammed into the semiotics of advertisements for major luxury brands. Cintra Wilson, The New York Review of Books, "Waste Not, Shop Not," 11 Feb. 2020 Barely comprehensible, and no better than '90s-era voodoo advice to fix Nintendo 64 cartridges by blowing on them. Ryan Meith, Wired, "Angry Nerd: YouTube Can't Help You," 21 Jan. 2020 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, "Art Neville: Celebrate the Late Legend With 11 Essential Tracks," 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, "Overbilled and overstressed: 3 Seattle City Light customers vent," 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, "Art Neville: Celebrate the Late Legend With 11 Essential Tracks," 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, "Overbilled and overstressed: 3 Seattle City Light customers vent," 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, "Explore Port-au-Prince’s Triumphant Art Scene," 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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The first known use of voodoo was in 1850

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Last Updated

27 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Voodoo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/voodoo. Accessed 27 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for voodoo

voodoo

noun
How to pronounce voodoo (audio)

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
chiefly US, disapproving : not at all sensible or achievable : extremely unrealistic

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