American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. Informal To take in by elaborate methods of deceit; hoodwink. See Synonyms at deceive.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To hoax; deceive; trick; impose upon.
- To perplex; mystify.
- To use trickery; practise cheating.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. colloq. To deceive by trickery; to cajole by confusing the senses; to hoax; to mystify; to humbug.
- v. conceal one's true motives from especially by elaborately feigning good intentions so as to gain an end
- 18th century. Unknown. (Wiktionary)
- Origin unknown. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“As someone who has seen and used those words -- especially "bamboozle" -- in appellate legal briefs, I find that surprising.”
“Another attempt by Republican Obstructionists to "bamboozle" the American taxpayers.”
“If Obama gets the nomination, the issues will not matter to me, who cares about war, taxes and the economy, or abortion rights only the fact the my candidate was beaten fairly by some "uppity newcomer" who was able to somehow "bamboozle" the majority of democratic primary voters.”
“Now she has her wealthy bully supporters making threats to the Democrats if they don't support her in trying to "bamboozle" this election.”
“| Reply | Permalink anybody who thinks "bamboozle" is "a black thing," or somehow "code" aimed at African-Americans, has obviously missed years of Josh Marshal's coverage of GOP "Bamboozlement (tm) (c)" ever since at least 2004, if not since the site started. get a clue, people.”
“I use "bamboozle" all the time, because no other word really captures the essence of a snake-oil con-job quite as perfectly.”
“It's too quaint to be seen as overly nasty - the Clintons are trying to "bamboozle" you, not you're being lied to.”
“I'm not sure "okey-doke" "bamboozle" and "hoodwink" are the hippest terms to use, but I suppose he is speaking to a diverse audience, and Clinton has been claiming the senior vote, so, sure why not.”
“| Reply | Permalink golly, if one was a suspicious type, one would think this was highly orchestrated p.r. move to hoodwink those 'low info' voters and the cable news chattermonkeys. what's that word josh likes to use -- oh yeah, 'bamboozle' the yokels.”
“Though Harding had been offered a hearing after the fact - something the party constitution did not provide for - the tight timeframes were designed to "bamboozle" him into condoning the treatment he had received.”
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