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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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  • But Themistocles was not the man to be hoodwinked by the simple cunning of the Spartans.

  • You imagine that a man like that can be played with, and hoodwinked by amateurs like yourself.

    The Market-Place Harold Frederic
  • They must have thought they had hoodwinked me and were probably then rejoicing at their success.

  • Their safety required a Governor who could be controlled or hoodwinked by them.

    Rabbi and Priest

    Milton Goldsmith
  • I was not hoodwinked, but neither was I stirred to resistance.

    The King's Mirror Anthony Hope
  • Indeed I had had it from her own lips that she had played with this man, even as she had hoodwinked the prince.

    Princess Zara Ross Beeckman
  • Surely these fine, independent fellows were not to be hoodwinked by the jingoes!

    The Patrician John Galsworthy
  • The Commissioners turned out to be able men, who were not to be hoodwinked.

    The Settler and the Savage R.M. Ballantyne
British Dictionary definitions for hoodwinked


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
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Word Origin and History for hoodwinked



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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