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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
First recorded in 1555-65; hood1 + wink1
Related forms
hoodwinkable, adjective
hoodwinker, noun
unhoodwinked, adjective
1. dupe, cheat, swindle, gyp. Unabridged
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  • Take notice that this "paladin" is a macaroni-seller, strongly suspected of trying to hoodwink the French courts.

  • You may find some better place for it--but then you haven't a maid to hoodwink.

    Nobody Louis Joseph Vance
  • They believe theyll be able to hoodwink us again; but wait and see.

  • Michael was so observant, so clear-sighted, that it was impossible to hoodwink him.

    Lover or Friend Rosa Nouchette Carey
  • But how did you hoodwink that sagacious hawk, Robert Moncton?'

    The Monctons Susanna Moodie
  • It is used by abolitionists to hoodwink and deceive the conscience.

  • Well, could we hoodwink you, you, one of the shining lights of the law?

    Cousin Betty Honore de Balzac
  • Or you want me to wear the blinkers, the better to hoodwink your own eyes.

  • The manager was courteous and generously allowed Dr. Mignon and me one hour more, and said he would help us to hoodwink the Press.

    My Memoirs Marguerite Steinheil
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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