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[hoo d-wingk] /ˈhʊdˌwɪŋk/
verb (used with object)
to deceive or trick.
Archaic. to blindfold.
Obsolete. to cover or hide.
Origin of hoodwink
1555-65; hood1 + wink
Related forms
hoodwinkable, adjective
hoodwinker, noun
unhoodwinked, adjective
1. dupe, cheat, swindle, gyp. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for hoodwink
  • His friends literally have to hoodwink him into leaving so that he will avoid extermination.
  • Soft measures, if required by the authorities, could end up being used to hoodwink investors.
  • Fishermen, however, may not be able to hoodwink consumers for much longer.
  • It's the sort of abusive statistical comparison political hacks use to hoodwink the public.
  • Call it mendacity, dishonesty, the ongoing effort to hoodwink the people.
  • Right now it is one group of people trying to hoodwink another group of people.
  • These methods are unlikely to hoodwink unsuspecting consumers, because consumers are usually familiar with them.
British Dictionary definitions for hoodwink


verb (transitive)
to dupe; trick
(obsolete) to cover or hide
Derived Forms
hoodwinker, noun
Word Origin
C16: originally, to cover the eyes with a hood, blindfold
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Word Origin and History for hoodwink

1560s, "to blindfold," from hood (n.1) + wink; figurative sense of "mislead, deceive" is c.1600. Related: Hoodwinked; hoodwinking.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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