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[bood-l] /ˈbud l/ Slang.
the lot, pack, or crowd:
Send the whole boodle back to the factory.
a large quantity of something, especially money:
He's worth a boodle.
a bribe or other illicit payment, especially to or from a politician; graft.
stolen goods; loot; booty; swag.
verb (used without object), boodled, boodling.
to obtain money dishonestly, as by bribery or swindling.
kit and boodle. kit1 (def 10).
Origin of boodle
1615-25, Americanism; < Dutch boedel property
Related forms
boodler, noun Unabridged
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  • Even Tammany's thoughts began to lift above the sordid level of boodle.

    A Honeymoon in Space George Griffith
  • Hand 'em back the boodle; and maybe they'll let you off light.

  • Well, I've reason to think the Mayor was in on it—and Burke—for no end of boodle.

    A Woman for Mayor Helen M. Winslow
  • I've a pocket full of boodle; papa gave me my allowance to-day.

    The Californians Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
  • He was struck off the list at boodle's three years ago for card-sharping—that thin-faced, fair-mustached man named Cadby.

    The Czar's Spy William Le Queux
  • Mankind is prone to look at the brighter stars of birth and boodle.

    Dollars and Sense Col. Wm. C. Hunter
  • Not that I had anything against the woman: she was charming, fascinating, and had a pretty useful share of this world's boodle.

    Men, Women and Guns H. C. (Herman Cyril) McNeile
  • The measure of a man is his brain and not his birth or his boodle.

    Dollars and Sense Col. Wm. C. Hunter
  • Well, after you'd got the old gal made fast, I suppose you began your search for the boodle?

  • The aristocracy of boodle is the slimmest aristocracy of all.

    Dollars and Sense Col. Wm. C. Hunter
British Dictionary definitions for boodle


money or valuables, esp when stolen, counterfeit, or used as a bribe
(mainly US) another word for caboodle
to give or receive money corruptly or illegally
Word Origin
C19: from Dutch boedel all one's possessions, from Old Frisian bōdel movable goods, inheritance; see caboodle
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Word Origin and History for boodle

1833, "crowd;" 1858, "phony money," especially "graft money," actual or potential (1883), both American English slang, either or both based on bundle, or from Dutch boedel "property."

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



  1. An entire lot; a large number or amount; caboodle (1830s+)
  2. Counterfeit money (1850s+ Underworld)
  3. Bribe money or other money obtained by graft and corruption: A few trees are planted. What happens to most of the boodle? (1880s+)
  4. Money in general (1890+)
  5. Sweets; treats; delicacies (Prison & students 1900+)


To hug, kiss, etc; neck (1940s+ Students)

[fr Dutch boedel, ''estate, lot'']

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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