Definition of hocus in US English:


verbhocuses, hocused, hocussed, hocusing, hocussing

[with object]archaic
  • Deceive (someone)

    ‘these people have been hocussed and cheated by the government’
    • ‘I think you were hocused by the telephoto lens that was apparantly used to take the photograph you are referring to.’
    • ‘These surfers have hocused the Feds for long enough.’
    • ‘This applies particularly to commercial albumin, especially egg, which is hocused to a great extent by the unscrupulous.’


Late 17th century: from an obsolete noun hocus ‘trickery’, from hocus-pocus.