noun pl. voo·doos
- A religion of West African origin practiced chiefly in Haiti and other Caribbean countries, based on animism, magic, and elements of Roman Catholic ritual, and characterized by belief in a supreme God and a large pantheon of local and tutelary deities, deified ancestors, and saints, who communicate with believers in dreams, trances, and ritual possessions. Also called vodoun .
- A practitioner, priest, or priestess of voodoo.
- Deceptive or delusive nonsense.
transitive verbvoo·dooed, voo·doo·ing, voo·doos
To place under the influence of a spell or curse; bewitch.
- Of or relating to the beliefs or practices of voodoo.
- Based on unrealistic or delusive assumptions: voodoo economics.
Origin of voodoo
Louisiana French voudou from
(countable and uncountable, plural voodoos)
- A religion of the Ewe/Fon of West Africa, practiced chiefly in Benin.
- Any of a group of related religious practices found chiefly in and around the Caribbean, particularly in Haiti and Louisiana.
- (pejorative) Any sort of magical or irrational approach to a problem.
- I want a real explanation, not this statistical voodoo.
- (dated) One who practices voodoo; a native sorcerer.
(third-person singular simple present voodoos, present participle voodooing, simple past and past participle voodooed)
- To bewitch someone or something using voodoo
- He claimed his neighbor had voodooed him.
From Louisiana French voudou, from Haitian Creole vodou, from West African, such as Ewe (Dahomey and Togo) vódũ ‘deity, idol’, Fon vodū ‘fetish’, vodun, Kwa vodũ.