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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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Historical Examples of hoodwinked

  • But Themistocles was not the man to be hoodwinked by the simple cunning of the Spartans.

  • You imagine that a man like that can be played with, and hoodwinked by amateurs like yourself.

    The Market-Place

    Harold Frederic

  • They must have thought they had hoodwinked me and were probably then rejoicing at their success.

  • Their safety required a Governor who could be controlled or hoodwinked by them.

    Rabbi and Priest

    Milton Goldsmith

  • I was not hoodwinked, but neither was I stirred to resistance.

    The King's Mirror

    Anthony Hope

British Dictionary definitions for hoodwinked


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

Word Origin for hoodwink

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



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

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