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verb (used with object)
  1. to deceive or trick.
  2. Archaic. to blindfold.
  3. Obsolete. to cover or hide.
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Origin of hoodwink

First recorded in 1555–65; hood1 + wink1
Related formshood·wink·a·ble, adjectivehood·wink·er, nounun·hood·winked, adjective


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  • You may find some better place for it--but then you haven't a maid to hoodwink.


    Louis Joseph Vance

  • They contrived no clever devices to hoodwink our moral nature.

    Creative Unity

    Rabindranath Tagore

  • Michael was so observant, so clear-sighted, that it was impossible to hoodwink him.

    Lover or Friend

    Rosa Nouchette Carey

  • It is used by abolitionists to hoodwink and deceive the conscience.

  • Or you want me to wear the blinkers, the better to hoodwink your own eyes.

British Dictionary definitions for hoodwink


verb (tr)
  1. to dupe; trick
  2. obsolete to cover or hide
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Derived Formshoodwinker, noun

Word Origin

C16: originally, to cover the eyes with a hood, blindfold
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Word Origin and History for hoodwink


1560s, "to blindfold," from hood (n.1) + wink; figurative sense of "mislead, deceive" is c.1600. Related: Hoodwinked; hoodwinking.

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