What does bamboozle mean?

Definitions for bamboozle
bæmˈbu zəlbam·boo·zle

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. bamboozle, snow, hoodwink, pull the wool over someone's eyes, lead by the nose, play falseverb

    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"


  1. bamboozleverb

    To con, defraud, trick, to make a fool of, to humbug or impose on someone.

  2. Etymology: 18th century..

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Bamboozleverb

    a cant word not used in pure or in grave writings. To deceive; to impose upon; to confound.

    After Nick had bamboozled about the money, John called for counters. John Arbuthnot, John Bull.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Bamboozleverb

    to deceive by trickery; to cajole by confusing the senses; to hoax; to mystify; to humbug


  1. Bamboozle

    Bamboozle! was a quiz game featured on Channel 4 Teletext in the United Kingdom. It was originally part of Teletext's "Fun & Games" category, though the rest of the category had been discontinued for some years before Bamboozle! ended. The last edition, themed around ends and lasts, appeared on Monday 14 December 2009. The Boozler 'family' appeared one last time on Tuesday 15 December 2009 [pictured right] saying farewell to the Teletext audience. On 9th August 2010 Bamboozle! was given a new home by Teletext on the iPhone complete with all the retro graphics. As Of September 2010, Bamboozle returned to Teletext. Bamboozle! was originally intended as a real-time game that could be played in conjunction with a broadcast TV programme using a similar multiple choice format as Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?. The decision by the new broadcast teletext franchise holders in 1993 to opt for X.25 packet switching meant that it was impossible to adequately synchronise the broadcast of teletext content in the context of a TV programme. The format thus fell back to the form it had operated in largely unchanged since 1993.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Bamboozle

    bam-bōō′zl, v.t. to deceive: to confound or mystify.—n. Bamboo′zlement. [Of cant origin—but not Gipsy; first appears about 1700.]

Rap Dictionary

  1. bamboozleverb

    To confuse, mix up. "I pulverize and bamboozle, shake numb skulls like a boodle" -- Gorillaz featuring Phi Life Cypher (Clint Eastwood (Phi Life Cypher Version))

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of bamboozle in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of bamboozle in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of bamboozle in a Sentence

  1. Carl Sagan:

    One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we've been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We're no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. It is simply too painful to acknowledge -- even to ourselves -- that we've been so credulous. (So the old bamboozles tend to persist as the new bamboozles rise.)

  2. Walter Lippmann:

    Successful ... politicians are insecure and intimidated men. They advance politically only as they placate, appease, bribe, seduce, bamboozle or otherwise manage to manipulate the demanding and threatening elements in their constituencies.

  3. Fox News:

    It is the only way they can bamboozle and/or trick minorities to stay with Democratic Party. they provide their opinions and their propaganda that racism is around and Democratic Party is theparty of the White Supremacy.

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    difficult or impossible to perceive or discern
    • A. indiscernible
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