Definition of Hocus

1. v. t. To deceive or cheat.



2. n. One who cheats or deceives.

Definition of Hocus

1. Verb. To play a trick on; hoax; cheat. ¹

2. Verb. To stupefy with drugged liquor. ¹

3. Verb. To adulterate; to drug (liquor). ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Hocus

1. to deceive or cheat [v -CUSED, -CUSING, -CUSES or -CUSSED, -CUSSING, -CUSSES]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Hocus

hockey team
hockeyist
hockeyists
hockeylike
hockeys
hockherb
hocking
hockle
hockled
hockles
hocklin
hockling
hocks
hockshop
hockshops
hocus (current term)
hocus-pocus
hocus pocus
hocused
hocuses
hocusing
hocuspocus
hocussed
hocusses
hocussing
hod
hod carrier
hod carriers
hodad
hodaddies

Literary usage of Hocus

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1. Allen's Synonyms and Antonyms by Frederic Sturges Allen (1920)
"¡if trickery in legerdemain), hocus-pocus, pettifogging, hocus (archaic or rare), ... Antonyms: see ARTLESS. trickster, n. deceiver, cheat, hocus-pocus, ..."

2. An English Garner: Ingatherings from Our History and Literature by Edward Arber (1895)
"However, hocus and the rest of the tribe, encouraged JOHN in his fancy; assuring him, ... How JOHN discovered that hocus had an intrigue with his wife, ..."

3. Later Stuart Tracts by George Atherton Aitken (1903)
"However, hocus and the rest of the tribe, encouraged JOHN in his fancy; assuring him, ... How JOHN discovered that hocus had an intrigue with his wife, ..."

4. The Universal Anthology: A Collection of the Best Literature, Ancient by Richard Garnett, Leon i.e. Alexandre Le'on Valle'e, Léon Vallée, Alois Leonhard Brandl (1890)
"FROG, AND hocus. For the better understanding the following history, the reader ought to know that Bull, in the main, was an honest, ..."

5. The Works ...: With the Author's Life and Character, Notes [etc.] In Eight by Jonathan Swift (1761)
"E\ faid, that hocus had a month's mind to her 1 that as it will, it is matter of ... This affair between hocus and Mrs. now Ib open, that all the world were ..."

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