Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To fool or deceive; hoax.
  • transitive v. To infuse (food or drink) with a drug.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To play a trick on; hoax; cheat.
  • v. To stupefy with drugged liquor.
  • v. To adulterate; to drug (liquor).
  • n. One who cheats or deceives.
  • n. drugged liquor

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who cheats or deceives.
  • n. Drugged liquor.
  • transitive v. To deceive or cheat.
  • transitive v. To adulterate; to drug.
  • transitive v. To stupefy with drugged liquor.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To impose upon; cheat.
  • Hence To stupefy or render insensible by means of drugged drink for the purpose of cheating or robbing.
  • To drug, as drink, for the purpose of stupefying.
  • n. A cheat; an impostor; also, a conjurer.
  • n. Drugged liquor given to a person to stupefy him.

Etymologies

Short for hocus-pocus.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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