- 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 boodler
The Angel Gabriel would become a boodler under our system of government.A Spoil of Office
Professor Boodler, the renowned Imitator of Birds, will appear next!Voces Populi
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.'The System,' as uncovered by the San Francisco Graft Prosecution
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
- 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 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."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper