meaning of bamboozle

bamboozle meaning in General Dictionary

To deceive by trickery to cajole by confusing the sensory faculties to hoax to mystify to humbug

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  • conceal an individual's true motives from particularly by elaborately feigning great intentions in order to gain a finish
  • To deceive by trickery; to cajole by confusing the senses; to hoax; to mystify; to humbug.

bamboozle meaning in Etymology Dictionary

1703, originally a slang or cant term, maybe Scottish from bombaze "perplex," associated with bombast, or French embabouiner "to produce a fool (actually 'baboon') of." Related: Bamboozled; bamboozling. As a noun from 1703.


bamboozle meaning in General Dictionary

(v. t.) To deceive by trickery; to cajole by confusing the senses; to hoax; to mystify; to humbug.