bamboozle

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Derivative of 17th century vernacular "bam" (to trick, to con), which is a derivative of "bam" in noun use (fraudster, cheat). Further etymology Unknown.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /bæm.ˈbuː.zəl/

Verb[edit]

bamboozle (third-person singular simple present bamboozles, present participle bamboozling, simple past and past participle bamboozled)

  1. (informal) To con, defraud, trick, to make a fool of, to humbug or impose on someone.
    • 1851, Herman Melville, Moby Dick, chapter 19
      “Look here, friend,” said I, “if you have anything important to tell us, out with it; but if you are only trying to bamboozle us, you are mistaken in your game; that’s all I have to say.”

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