- 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.
- to obtain money dishonestly, as by bribery or swindling.
- kit and boodle. kit1(def 10).
Origin of boodle
1615–25, Americanism; < Dutch boedel property
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Examples from the Web for boodle
Well, I've reason to think the Mayor was in on it—and Burke—for no end of boodle.A Woman for Mayor
Helen M. Winslow
The measure of a man is his brain and not his birth or his boodle.
In business the aristocracy of birth or the aristocracy of boodle is a decided handicap.
Mankind is prone to look at the brighter stars of birth and boodle.
The aristocracy of boodle is the slimmest aristocracy of all.
- 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
C19: from Dutch boedel all one's possessions, from Old Frisian bōdel movable goods, inheritance; see caboodle
Word Origin and History for boodle
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."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper