hoodoo

[hoo-doo]
noun, plural hoodoos.
2.
bad luck.
3.
a person or thing that brings bad luck.
4.
Geology. a pillar of rock, usually of fantastic shape, left by erosion.
verb (used with object), hoodooed, hoodooing.
5.
to bring or cause bad luck to.

Origin:
1870–75, Americanism; apparently var of voodoo

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hoodoo (ˈhuːduː)
 
n , pl -doos
1.  a variant of voodoo
2.  informal a person or thing that brings bad luck
3.  informal bad luck
4.  (in the western US and Canada) a strangely shaped column of rock
 
vb , -doos, -doos, -dooing, -dooed
5.  informal (tr) to bring bad luck to
 
[C19: variant of voodoo]
 
'hoodooism
 
n

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hoodoo
1875, "one who practices voodoo," Amer.Eng., probably an alteration of voodoo. Meaning "something that causes or brings bad luck" is attested from 1882.
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Example sentences
His inability to empathize with common folk had long been his hoary hoodoo.
And for a few yen a miniature scroll of oracular hoodoo can be had.
Hoodoo is a form of predominantly africanamerican traditional folk magic.
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