Definition of bamboozle in English:

bamboozle

verb

[WITH OBJECT]informal
  • Cheat or fool.

    ‘he bamboozled Canada's largest banks in a massive counterfeit scam’
    • ‘Documents rarely set out to trick historians, but they can bamboozle the unwary at every turn.’
    • ‘The answer to most issues, according to the FOS, is for the consumer to establish the suitability of a product by asking more questions, not being bamboozled by jargon and being made to feel stupid.’
    • ‘Courtesy is a luxury that real reporters often have to sacrifice in the line of duty, especially when bamboozled by double talk.’
    • ‘Inconspicuously dressed in a kilt, sporran, dagger, and ‘black mask of Osiris’, Crowley crept down the suburban road from Olympia and bamboozled his way into the sacred vaults.’
    • ‘To the death she refused to be bamboozled by dubious reasoning.’
    • ‘The Indian mask that bamboozled the big cats would hardly have conned any human.’
    • ‘He adopted the persona of princess Alice of Gloucester, and despite being caught several times with a mysterious moustache on public occasions, was able to bamboozle everyone outside of a small circle of trusted friends.’
    • ‘Just don't be bamboozled into buying the most expensive labels.’
    • ‘This multiplication of coverage is cunningly designed to bamboozle the party media minders who sit in party headquarters with stop watches timing their contributions to ensure balance.’
    • ‘Yet almost everyone - including the Waddington Gallery and even Tate (which showed interest in a Julius Bissier until the artist's foundation rejected it) - was bamboozled by the documents.’
    • ‘Some stores are trying to bamboozle exhausted shoppers with illusory bargains.’
    • ‘The duck has qualities - nay, powers - that bamboozle the hapless magician and his assistant.’
    • ‘Finally, World Climate Report rips into the biased reporting that has bamboozled the world on this issue.’
    • ‘It can't be easy to find rich suckers who can be bamboozled into buying this.’
    • ‘For a party member to win high office in the face of human nature requires him or her to pull the wool over the voters' eyes, to bamboozle them away from the evident truth.’
    • ‘‘Don't try to bamboozle them by smuggling in bits of fruit or vegetables,’ says Cormac.’
    • ‘Before being bamboozled by the sheaves of glossy brochures, make sure that managed funds are the most suitable investment vehicle for you.’
    • ‘John Curry from the Australian Shareholders' Association says those that get caught are often unsophisticated investors, bamboozled by flashy letterheads.’
    • ‘In Krakow as a prisoner, Poldek had used a German document, issued to enable him to visit his soldiers in a military hospital further east, to bamboozle a barely literate German guard.’
    stratagem, ploy, ruse, scheme, device, move, manoeuvre, contrivance, machination, expedient, artifice, wile, dodge
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Origin

Early 18th century: of unknown origin.

Pronunciation:

bamboozle

/bamˈbuːz(ə)l/