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 The Alabama voodoo wasn’t going to snatch this win away after nearly a decade of failure. Michael Casagrande | Mcasagrande@al.com, al, "Alabama rose from the dead and had LSU in trouble. Why this game differed from last 8," 10 Nov. 2019 Police are investigating after the remains from a grave at a Hartford cemetery were discovered missing Wednesday by a groundskeeper, possibly for a voodoo or Santeria ritual, police said. Zach Murdock, courant.com, "Remains taken from grave at Hartford cemetery, possibly for voodoo or Santeria ritual, police say," 6 Nov. 2019 This rings true for travelers who take voodoo tours in New Orleans. Natalie B. Compton, The Know, "How to navigate the etiquette of dark tourism," 27 Oct. 2019 Honey buttermilk fried chicken, a voodoo shrimp martini and white sea bass crudo served with a glass of Erata Pinot Noir at Tavern House Kitchen + Bar.(Spencer Grant) A New American eatery with enviable harbor views recently opened in Newport Beach. Daily Pilot, "On Food: Coastal cuisine with harbor views at Newport’s Tavern," 3 Oct. 2019 An anthropologist travels to Haiti during the country's revolution to acquire the secret of an ancient voodoo spell that turns victims into zombies. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "The Best '80s Horror Movies That Are Still Terrifying Today," 4 Sep. 2019 The gallery began to build a collection of sacred voodoo art in the late 60s, when the second generation signed on to help run the business. Jennifer Billock, Smithsonian, "Explore Port-au-Prince’s Triumphant Art Scene," 25 July 2019 Those who are brave enough to go on a ghost tour, visit a voodoo shop or browse a vampire boutique will get their scary Southern Gothic fix in no time. David Oliver, USA TODAY, "First-timers' guide to New Orleans: 10 do's and don'ts to keep in mind," 10 July 2019 The Courier-Journal reported one protester said McConnell should have broken his neck instead of fracturing his shoulder; another spoke of violence when responding to a reference about a hypothetical McConnell voodoo doll. BostonGlobe.com, "Trump says he’s considering commutation for Blagojevich," 9 Aug. 2019 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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15 Nov 2019

Time Traveler for voodoo

The first known use of voodoo was in 1850

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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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