[ bood-l ]
/ ˈbud l /


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.

verb (used without object), boo·dled, boo·dling.

to obtain money dishonestly, as by bribery or swindling.

Nearby words

  1. booby hatch,
  2. booby prize,
  3. booby trap,
  4. booby-trap,
  5. boodie,
  6. boody,
  7. boofhead,
  8. boofy,
  9. booger,
  10. boogerman


    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. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for boodlers


/ (ˈbuːdəl) slang /


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

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."

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