hoodoo

[ hoo-doo ]
/ ˈhu du /

noun, plural hoo·doos.

bad luck.
a person or thing that brings bad luck.
Geology. a pillar of rock, usually of fantastic shape, left by erosion.

verb (used with object), hoo·dooed, hoo·doo·ing.

to bring or cause bad luck to.

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Origin of hoodoo

1870–75, Americanism; apparently var of voodoo
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British Dictionary definitions for hoodoo

hoodoo
/ (ˈhuːduː) /

noun plural -doos

a variant of voodoo
informal a person or thing that brings bad luck
informal bad luck
(in the western US and Canada) a strangely shaped column of rock

verb -doos, -dooing or -dooed

(tr) informal to bring bad luck to

Derived forms of hoodoo

hoodooism, noun

Word Origin for hoodoo

C19: variant of voodoo
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