Hoodoo definition

ho͝odo͝o
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Voodoo.
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(geology) A column of eccentrically shaped rock, produced by differential weathering.
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To bring bad luck or misfortune, to jinx.
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To practice hoodoo on; affect with a charm or curse.
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To bring bad luck to.
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Magic healing and control, especially in African-based folk medicine in the United States and the Caribbean.
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A practitioner of hoodoo.
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Bad luck.
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One that brings bad luck.
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A natural rock formation of fantastic shape, esp. as found in the W U.S.
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A person or thing that causes bad luck.
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Bad luck.
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(slang) To cast a spell on or otherwise bring bad luck to.
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African traditional folk magic.
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(geology) A tall thin spire of rock that protrudes from the bottom of arid basins and badlands.
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Something or someone believed to bring bad luck.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
hoodoo
Plural:
hoodoos

Origin of hoodoo

  • Of West African origin possibly from voodoo

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Possibly an alteration of voodoo or from Hausa, hu'du'ba/hu3'du3'ba1 (“to arouse resentment”). In English, meaning altered to “bring bad luck”, then applied to things thought to bring bad luck, including the thin spires of rock now called hoodoos.

    From Wiktionary