American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Nonsense words or phrases used as a formula by quack conjurers.
- n. A trick performed by a magician or juggler; sleight-of-hand.
- n. Foolishness or empty pretense used especially to disguise deception or chicanery.
- v. To play tricks on; deceive.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A juggler; a trickster.
- n. A juggler’ trick; a cheat used by conjurers; jugglery.
- Juggling; cheating.
- To juggle; deceive; cheat.
- interj. A phrase used as a magical incantation to bring about some change.
- n. A specific act of trickery or nonsense.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A term used by magicians or conjurers in pretended incantations.
- n. Archaic A juggler or trickster.
- n. A magician's trick; a cheat; nonsense.
- n. Obfuscating talk or elaborate but meaningless activity intended to hide a deception or to obscure what is actually happening; verbal misrepresentation intended to take advantage of you in some way.
- v. colloq. To cheat.
- n. verbal misrepresentation intended to take advantage of you in some way
- Dates from the 17th century when used by jugglers and magicians as a nonsense magical incantation. . Some believe it is a corruption of words from the Roman Catholic liturgy of the Eucharist, hoc est corpus meum, although this is disputed. (Wiktionary)
- Possibly from an alteration of Latin hoc est corpus (meum), this is (my) body (words used in the Eucharist at the time of transubstantiation). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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