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  1. the lot, pack, or crowd: Send the whole boodle back to the factory.
  2. a large quantity of something, especially money: He's worth a boodle.
  3. a bribe or other illicit payment, especially to or from a politician; graft.
  4. stolen goods; loot; booty; swag.
verb (used without object), boo·dled, boo·dling.
  1. to obtain money dishonestly, as by bribery or swindling.
  1. kit and boodle. kit1(def 10).

Origin of boodle

1615–25, Americanism; < Dutch boedel property
Related formsboo·dler, noun
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Examples from the Web for boodler

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

British Dictionary definitions for boodler


  1. money or valuables, esp when stolen, counterfeit, or used as a bribe
  2. mainly US another word for caboodle
  1. 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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