AskDefine | Define hoodwink

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1 influence by slyness [syn: juggle, beguile]
2 conceal one's true motives from especially by elaborately feigning good intentions so as to gain an end; "He bamboozled his professors into thinking that he knew the subject well" [syn: bamboozle, snow, pull the wool over someone's eyes, lead by the nose, play false]

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From hood + wink.


  • a UK /ˈhʊdwɪŋk/


  1. To cover the eyes with a hood; to blindfold.
    • 1603, John Florio, translating Michel de Montaigne, Essays, Folio Society 2006, vol. 1 p. 81:
      Some there are, that through feare anticipate the hangmans hand; as he did, whose friends having obtained his pardon, and putting away the cloth wherewith he was hood-winkt, that he might heare it read, was found starke dead upon the scaffold, wounded only by the stroke of imagination.
  2. To deceive or trick.
    I feel like the salesman hoodwinked me into buying right away.
  3. to make up for

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

bamboozle, bandage, bedazzle, befool, benight, blind, blind the eyes, blindfold, chicane, con, darken, daze, dazzle, deceive, defraud, delude, deprive of sight, dim, dupe, eclipse, excecate, flimflam, fool, glare, gouge, gull, hoax, humbug, make blind, mislead, obscure, outwit, rook, snow, snow-blind, strike blind, suck in, trick
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