1. the lot, pack, or crowd: Send the whole boodle back to the factory.
  2. a large quantity of something, especially money: He's worth a boodle.
  3. a bribe or other illicit payment, especially to or from a politician; graft.
  4. stolen goods; loot; booty; swag.
verb (used without object), boo·dled, boo·dling.
  1. to obtain money dishonestly, as by bribery or swindling.
  1. kit and boodle. kit1(def 10).

Origin of boodle

1615–25, Americanism; < Dutch boedel property
Related formsboo·dler, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for boodlers

Historical Examples of boodlers

  • Sounds like I had joined the ranks of the boodlers, dont it?

    The Making of Bobby Burnit

    George Randolph Chester

  • Speculators and 'boodlers' had 'monkeyed' with the finances, and the vast scheme is a failure.

    Asiatic Breezes

    Oliver Optic

  • It is simply that Calhoun has made up his mind that this is the time for grafters and boodlers and bribe givers to stand together.

  • For a generation the Common Council of Chicago has been governed by a majority of boodlers.

  • Yesterday had come the news that Langdon had appointed Heney--the relentless enemy of boodlers--to a place of power.

    Port O' Gold

    Louis John Stellman

British Dictionary definitions for boodlers


  1. money or valuables, esp when stolen, counterfeit, or used as a bribe
  2. mainly US another word for caboodle
  1. to give or receive money corruptly or illegally

Word Origin for boodle

C19: from Dutch boedel all one's possessions, from Old Frisian bōdel movable goods, inheritance; see caboodle
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Word Origin and History for boodlers



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