- Archaic to blindfold
- to mislead or confuse by trickery; dupe
Origin of hoodwinkhood + wink
An example of hoodwink is when you tell a lie to your friend about why you want to borrow his car, saying you need to take a sick aunt to the hospital when you really want to go on a date.
transitive verbhood·winked, hood·wink·ing, hood·winks
(third-person singular simple present hoodwinks, present participle hoodwinking, simple past and past participle hoodwinked)