- To deceive or trick.
- I feel like the salesman hoodwinked me into buying right away.
- (archaic) To cover the eyes with a hood; to blindfold.
1603, John Florio, transl.; Michel de Montaigne, Essayes, printed at London: Edward Blount, OCLC 946730821:, Folio Society, 2006, vol.1 p.81:
- Some there are, that through feare anticipate the hangmans hand; as he did, whose friends having obtained his pardon, and putting away the cloth wherewith he was hood-winkt, that he might heare it read, was found starke dead upon the scaffold, wounded only by the stroke of imagination.