Definition of bamboozle in English:

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Pronunciation: /bamˈbo͞ozəl/


[with object] informal
1Fool or cheat (someone): Tom Sawyer bamboozled the neighborhood boys into doing it for him
More example sentences
  • 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
More example sentences
  • 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.

Words that rhyme with bamboozle

accusal, foozle, ouzel, perusal, refusal

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Syllabification: bam·boo·zle

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