hoodoo

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v hoodoo bring bad luck; be a source of misfortune
    • n hoodoo something believed to bring bad luck
    • n hoodoo a charm superstitiously believed to embody magical powers
    • n hoodoo a practitioner of voodoo
    • n hoodoo (geology) a column of weathered and unusually shaped rock "a tall sandstone hoodoo"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Hoodoo A natural rock pile or pinnacle of fantastic shape. "I watched for hours as the shadows moved through the hoodoos in Bryce Canyon park."
    • Hoodoo Bad luck.
    • Hoodoo One who causes bad luck.
    • Hoodoo Same as voodoo.
    • v. t Hoodoo To be a hoodoo to; to bring bad luck to by occult influence; to bewitch.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n hoodoo Same as voodoo.
    • n hoodoo [From the verb.] A bewitchment; an occult cause of bad luck; hence, a person supposed to bring bad luck: opposed to mascot.
    • n hoodoo A name given in the northwestern United States to certain grotesque columns, the products of volcanic action and erosion, left standing on the slopes of mountains and in deep gulches.
    • hoodoo Same as voodoo.
    • hoodoo To bring or cause bad luck to, as a person or an enterprise.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Perh. a var. of voodoo,

Usage

In literature:

I wouldn't lose my luck by losing your hoodoo charm for anything in the world.
"The Little Colonel's Christmas Vacation" by Annie Fellows Johnston
Only this, you can't pretend to be hoodooed or 'bewitched' with any of Wun Sing's omelettes.
"Dorothy on a Ranch" by Evelyn Raymond
He says you have hoodooed the young lady, and he says let you be enathermered.
"The Jessica Letters: An Editor's Romance" by Paul Elmer More
I don't like no hoodoos.
"Humorous Ghost Stories" by Dorothy Scarborough
Seems like that Mex cook of ours is a hoodoo.
"The Boy Ranchers on Roaring River" by Willard F. Baker
Rupert says it's a hoodoo day.
"From the Car Behind" by Eleanor M. Ingram
If it's a hoodoo, as you thought, why not throw it away?
"That Girl Montana" by Marah Ellis Ryan
Has the whole town under hoodoo.
"Winning the Wilderness" by Margaret Hill McCarter
There's a hoodoo over one section, where they kill a man about once a week.
"Ralph on the Overland Express" by Allen Chapman
There's got to be an end to this hoodoo business in my house.
"The Faith Healer" by William Vaughn Moody
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In poetry:

Am I a turnip? On the strict Q. T.,
When do my Trilbys get so ossified?
Why am I minus when it's up to me
To brace my Paris Pansy for a glide?
Once more my hoodoo's thrown the game and scored
A flock of zeros on my tally-board.
"The Love Sonnets of a Hoodlum" by Wallace Irwin

In news:

There are plenty of wonders in this most inhospitable of places: steaming geysers, hoodoos, volcanoes, Saharan landscapes.
Bachelor and Hoodoo intend to open around Thanksgiving, depending on snow.
Hoodoo 's 75th anniversary marks a rugged start, proud tradition.
Wilken, who launched HooDoo Brewing Company on Halloween, has gone with a bare-bones formula so far.
Time To End Our Playoff Hoodoo .
Today's big buzz: HooDoo Brewing Company.
HooDoo Brewing Company is open for business.
Family-owned HooDoo Brewing Co. Taps into local beer market.
FAIRBANKS — After years of planning, the HooDoo Brewery and Taproom, a converted warehouse now filled with gleaming steel tanks, opened for business Wednesday afternoon.
" Hoodoo Love" by The Collective Theatre.
Scotland in Chicago, ' HooDoo Love'.
Hoodoo Love' Brings The Blues To Mo`olelo Performing Arts Company.
Who Says Hoodoo Can't Help.
It's not Halloween Hoodoo, but it might as well be when it comes to the most recent batch of vehicle recalls posted by the NHTSA, and some of them are very serious.
Hoodoo Ski Area set to open for 75th year Friday.
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