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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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Historical Examples
  • The Angel Gabriel would become a boodler under our system of government.

    A Spoil of Office Hamlin Garland
  • Professor boodler, the renowned Imitator of Birds, will appear next!

    Voces Populi F. Anstey
  • But although it can discover Livingstone and rescue Miss Cisneros, it cannot locate the boodler and prove who paid him the boodle.

  • The dynamiter is a coward who is even more contemptible than a boodler.

  • It's because you are a fair fighter and not a boodler that we want you at the head of the street department now.

    A Woman for Mayor Helen M. Winslow
  • Did he just bluff with me when he called me a boodler and threw me downstairs in the county convention?

    A Certain Rich Man

    William Allen White
  • Some of 'em won't go anyway—act as if they looked down on politics; say it's only helping one boodler against another.

    In the Arena Booth Tarkington
British Dictionary definitions for boodler


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 boodler



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."

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Slang definitions & phrases for boodler



  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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