Hornswoggle Definition

hornswoggled, hornswoggles, hornswoggling
hornswoggled, hornswoggling
To swindle or hoax; trick.
Webster's New World
To bamboozle; deceive.
American Heritage

To deceive or trick.

Don't let them hornswoggle you into buying anything you don't need.

Origin of Hornswoggle

  • Unknown, 1829 US, jocular coinage like contemporary absquatulate. Presumably horns + waggle with humorous faux ablaut or combination with wobble (compare later woggle, 1923), perhaps inspired by lassoed steers trying to escape by moving their head.

    From Wiktionary

  • Origin unknown

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

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