What does hocus-pocus mean?

Definitions for hocus-pocusˈhoʊ kəsˈpoʊ kəs

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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(n.)

    Obfuscating talk or elaborate but meaningless activity intended to hide a deception or to obscure what is actually happening; verbal misrepresentation intended to take advantage of you in some way.

  2. Origin: [Prob. invented by jugglers in imitation of Latin. Cf. Hoax, Hocus.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Hocus-pocus

    hō′kus-pō′kus, n. a juggler: a juggler's trick.—v.t. Hō′cus, to cheat: to stupefy with drink: to drug:—pr.p. hō′cussing; pa.p. hō′cussed. [The meaningless gibberish of a juggler—no reference to 'hoc est corpus.']


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of hocus-pocus in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of hocus-pocus in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Images & Illustrations of hocus-pocus

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