Definition of bamboozle in English:


Syllabification: bam·boo·zle
Pronunciation: /bamˈbo͞ozəl


[with object] informal
  • 1Fool or cheat (someone): Tom Sawyer bamboozled the neighborhood boys into doing it for him
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    • And yet despite the best efforts of America's would-be Ministry of Truthsters to bedazzle and bamboozle the American people, the plain light of reality seems to be shining through.
    • Many proprietors of the bigger, touristy houses try to bamboozle people inside.
    • That's the kind of thing I love to dig into, a classic case of using statistics to bamboozle people.
  • 1.1Confound or perplex: bamboozled by the number of savings plans being offered
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    • It's one of those odd areas of spelling that bamboozles me.
    • To be honest, I am bamboozled by Bulgarian pizza.
    • A disc in the wrong box completely bamboozled me.


early 18th century: of unknown origin.

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