[hawrn-swog-uh l]

verb (used with object), horn·swog·gled, horn·swog·gling. Slang.

to swindle, cheat, hoodwink, or hoax.

Nearby words

  1. horns and halo effect,
  2. horns of a dilemma, on the,
  3. hornsby,
  4. hornsby, rogers,
  5. hornstone,
  6. horntail,
  7. hornworm,
  8. hornwort,
  9. hornwrack,
  10. horny

Origin of hornswoggle

1815–25 origin uncertain

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Examples from the Web for hornswoggle

  • The fellow I've been having so much fun with—the Nervy Matt that tried to hornswoggle me with my own photograph.

    Cappy Ricks|Peter B. Kyne

British Dictionary definitions for hornswoggle



(tr) slang to cheat or trick; bamboozle

Word Origin for hornswoggle

C19: of unknown origin

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Word Origin and History for hornswoggle



"to cheat," 1829, probably a fanciful formation. Related: Hornswoggled; hornswoggling.

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