- bad luck.
- a person or thing that brings bad luck.
- Geology. a pillar of rock, usually of fantastic shape, left by erosion.
- to bring or cause bad luck to.
Origin of hoodoo
1870–75, Americanism; apparently var of voodoo
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Examples from the Web for hoodoo
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But Rockland had a pitcher who more than once proved a hoodoo for Camden.
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"Tell us a story about a hoodoo, Uncle Jonah," Hortense begged.The Cat in Grandfather's House
Carl Henry Grabo
If it didn't go it was a hoodoo—a black shadow—and he wanted no more to do with it.Jennie Gerhardt
There's got to be an end to this hoodoo business in my house.The Faith Healer
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- a variant of voodoo
- informal a person or thing that brings bad luck
- informal bad luck
- (in the western US and Canada) a strangely shaped column of rock
- (tr) informal to bring bad luck to
C19: variant of voodoo
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Word Origin and History for hoodoo
"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