Definitions for hocus-pocusˈhoʊ kəsˈpoʊ kəs

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ho•cus-po•cusˈhoʊ kəsˈpoʊ kəs(n.; v.)-cused, -cus•ing; -cussed, -cus•sing.

  1. (n.)meaningless words used in conjuring.

  2. a juggler's trick; sleight of hand.

  3. mysterious or elaborate activity or talk, esp. for covering up a deception.

  4. (v.t.)to play tricks on or with.

Origin of hocus-pocus:

1615–25; pseudo-Latin rhyming formula used by magicians

Princeton's WordNet

  1. trickery, hocus-pocus, slickness, hanky panky, jiggery-pokery, skulduggery, skullduggery(noun)

    verbal misrepresentation intended to take advantage of you in some way


  1. hocus-pocus(Noun)

    A specific act of trickery or nonsense.

    What kind of hocus-pocus is this?

  2. hocus-pocus(Interjection)

    A phrase used as a magical incantation to bring about some change.

Translations for hocus-pocus

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


trickery; words, actions etc which are intended to deceive or mislead (someone)

The people were not deceived by the political hocus-pocus of the prospective candidate.

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