Definition of Bamboozle

1. Verb. 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"

Definition of Bamboozle

1. v. t. To deceive by trickery; to cajole by confusing the senses; to hoax; to mystify; to humbug.

Definition of Bamboozle

1. Verb. (informal) To con, defraud, trick, to make a fool of, to humbug or impose on someone. ¹

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Definition of Bamboozle

1. [v -ZLED, -ZLING, -ZLES]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Bamboozle

bamboo curtain
bamboo fern
bamboo palm
bamboo partridge
bamboo shoot
bamboo shoots
bamboo spine
bamboo wife
bamboo wives
bamboozle (current term)
bamifylline hydrochloride

Literary usage of Bamboozle

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1. A Dictionary of the Drama: A Guide to the Plays, Play-wrights, Players, and by William Davenport Adams (1904)
"... first performed at New York in March, 1844, with Barry as bamboozle, and revived there in December, 1850, with Brougham in the cast. ..."

2. A new dictionary of the English language by Charles Richardson (1839)
"bamboozle, v. To delude, to mislead, -ER. to cheat, to cozen, to deceive, ... Serenius has, To Bam, or bamboozle, deludere ; but he oners no etymology. ..."

3. The Yankey in London: Being the First Part of a Series of Letters Written by by Royall Tyler (1809)
"Bite—bamboozle—all the rage—quiz— quizzical—bore—horrid bore—/ owe you ... Sir Richard Steele and Dr. Arbuthnot mention bite and bamboozle in their time, ..."

4. The Fruits of Enlightenment: A Comedy in Four Acts by Leo Tolstoy (1891)
"Are we to be in hopes about it ? TANYA. In about an hour we shall know all. 2nd PEASANT. Will ye bamboozle them ? TANYA. [Laughing,] If it's God's will. ..."

5. Recollection of Men and Things at Washington, During the Third of a Century by Lawrence Augustus Gobright (1869)
"I recollect that after he had made use of the word " bamboozle/' a brother Senator took exception to it as not being appropriate, or obsolete, or vulgar. ..."

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