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bamboozle Explained

bamboozle at English => English (English Etymology) Of Explained:

1703, originally a slang or cant word, perhaps Scottish from bombaze "perplex," related to bombast, or Fr. embabuiner "to make a fool (lit. 'baboon') of." ///

bamboozle at English => English (Longman) Of Explained:

v [T] informal to deceive, trick, or confuse someone//

bamboozle at English => English (Moby Thesaurus II) Of Explained:

65 Moby Thesaurus words for "bamboozle":
addle, amaze, baffle, beat, befool, beguile, betray, bilk, bluff,
boggle, buffalo, cajole, cheat on, chicane, circumvent, confound,
conjure, daze, deceive, delude, diddle, double-cross, dupe,
flimflam, floor, fool, forestall, fuddle, gammon, get, get around,
gull, hoax, hocus-pocus, hoodwink, hornswaggle, humbug, juggle,
keep in suspense, let down, lick, maze, mock, muddle, mystify,
nonplus, outmaneuver, outreach, outsmart, outwit, overreach,
perplex, pigeon, play one false, put something over, puzzle, snow,
stick, string along, stump, swindle, take in, throw, trick,

Bamboozle at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

Bamboozle \Bam*boo"zle\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Bamboozled} (?);
p. pr. & vb. n. {Bamboozling} (?).] [Said to be of Gipsy
To deceive by trickery; to cajole by confusing the senses; to
hoax; to mystify; to humbug. [Colloq.] --Addison.

What oriental tomfoolery is bamboozling you? --J. H.

bamboozle at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

v : conceal one's true motives from especially by elaborately
feigning good intentions so as to gain an end; "He
bamboozled his professors into thinking that he knew the
subject well" [syn: {snow}, {hoodwink}, {pull the wool
over someone's eyes}, {lead by the nose}, {play false}]

bamboozle at English (WD) Of Explained:



18th century. Inter: unk » ..


* Inter: IPA » /bæm.ˈbuː.zəl/, Inter: X-SAMPA » /b{m."bu:.z@l/


Inter: en-verb » bamboozl|ing
  • Inter: informa » l To con, defraud, trick, to make a fool of, to humbug or impose on someone.
    1. 1851, Category: w - :Herman Melville|Herman Melville, Category: w - :Moby Dick|Moby Dick, Category: s - :Moby-Dick/Chapter 19|chapter 19
    2. :“Look here, friend,” said I, “if you have anything important to tell us, out with it; but if you are only trying to bamboozle us, you are mistaken in your game; that’s all I have to say.”


      Inter: trans-top » to con, defraud, trick

  • Bulgarian: Inter: t+ » bg|баламосвам
  • Czech: Inter: t- » cs|napálit, Inter: t- » cs|poplést, Inter: t- » cs|obalamutit, Inter: t- » cs|doběhnout, Inter: t- » cs|ošidit
  • Finnish: Inter: t+ » fi|huijata

  • Inter: trans-mi » d
    • French: Inter: t+ » fr|embrouiller, Inter: t+ » fr|moquer
    • German: Inter: t+ » de|beschwindeln, Inter: t- » de|tricksen
    • Russian: Inter: t+ » ru|обманывать|n|tr=obmányvat’|sc=Cyrl

    Inter: trans-botto » m
    Translation: cs » bamboozle
    Translation: et » bamboozle
    Translation: fa » bamboozle
    Translation: ko » bamboozle
    Translation: io » bamboozle
    Translation: ja » bamboozle
    Translation: ps » bamboozle
    Translation: pl » bamboozle
    Translation: ta » bamboozle
    Translation: te » bamboozle
    Translation: vi » bamboozle
    Translation: zh » bamboozle