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voodoo

noun voo·doo \ ˈvü-(ˌ)dü \
Updated on: 12 Dec 2017

Definition of voodoo

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

Examples of voodoo in a Sentence

  1. found a voodoo who was willing to put a hex on the man who had jilted her

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Origin and Etymology of voodoo

Louisiana Creole voudou, probably from Ewe vódũ tutelary deity


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voodoo

adjective

Definition of voodoo

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

First Known Use of voodoo

1880


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voodoo

verb

Definition of voodoo

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

Recent Examples of voodoo from the Web

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First Known Use of voodoo

1880


VOODOO Defined for English Language Learners

voodoo

noun

Definition of voodoo for English Language Learners

  • : a religion that is practiced chiefly in Haiti


voodoo

adjective

Definition of voodoo for English Language Learners

  • : of or relating to voodoo

  • : not at all sensible or achievable : extremely unrealistic



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