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hoodoo

[hoo-doo] /ˈhu du/
noun, plural hoodoos.
1.
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
1870-1875
1870-75, Americanism; apparently var of voodoo
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British Dictionary definitions for hoodoo

hoodoo

/ˈhuːduː/
noun (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
verb -doos, -dooing, -dooed
5.
(transitive) (informal) to bring bad luck to
Derived Forms
hoodooism, noun
Word Origin
C19: variant of voodoo
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Word Origin and History for hoodoo
n.

"one who practices voodoo," 1870, American English, probably an alteration of voodoo. Meaning "something that causes or brings bad luck" is attested from 1880.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for hoodoo

hoodoo

noun

A person or thing that brings bad luck; jinx: A mascot and a hoodoo, meaning one who brings ill fortune, are terms invented in the theater

[1882+; said to be an alteration of voodoo]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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