Unknown, 1829 US, jocular coinage like contemporary absquatulate. Presumably horns + waggle with humorous faux ablaut or combination with wobble (compare later woggle, 1923), perhaps inspired by lassoed steers trying to escape by moving their head.
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈhɔːn.swɒɡ.əl/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈhɔɹn.swɑ.ɡəl/
Audio (GA) (file)
- Hyphenation: horn‧swog‧gle
- (transitive) To deceive or trick.
Don't let them hornswoggle you into buying anything you don't need.