to deceive or get the better of (someone) by trickery, flattery, or the like; humbug; hoodwink (often followed by into):
They bamboozled us into joining the club.
Synonyms: gyp, dupe, trick, cheat, swindle, defraud, flimflam, hoax, gull, rook; delude, mislead, fool.
to perplex; mystify; confound.
Synonyms: befog, bewilder, puzzle, baffle, dumbfound.
to practice trickery, deception, cozenage, or the like:
He bamboozled his way to the top.
Conservatives were “bamboozled,” says former Texas GOP Chairman Tom Pauken.
Karl Rove’s Flameout Matt Latimer October 21, 2010
Speaking of bamboozled, every Halloween you hear a horror story of a celebrity in blackface costume.
Spike Lee on Blackface, ‘Oldboy,’ ’12 Years a Slave,’ and The Brooklyn Nets Jimmy So October 30, 2013
Roseanne Barr thinks America has been “bamboozled and hoodwinked.”
Roseanne Barr: Why You Should Vote for Me for President Abigail Pesta August 7, 2012
Though certainly romantic on the subject, Booker has been neither corralled nor bamboozled.
Cory Booker Is Nobody’s Dupe Ben Karp June 23, 2013
Neither she nor any other shall be befooled and bamboozled under my roof.
Imaginary Conversations and Poems Walter Savage Landor
She’s bamboozled that sap-headed county judge, Boompointer, into givin’ it to her.
Found At Blazing Star Bret Harte
As if the President could be bamboozled by such a shallow artifice.
Thirty Years’ View (Vol. II of 2) Thomas Hart Benton
And as a matter of fact I was left just as bamboozled as you were.
Simon J. Storer Clouston
“I’m ashamed of the way I bamboozled you fine fellows, and that’s the honest truth,” he started to say.
At Whispering Pine Lodge Lawrence J. Leslie
You may have bamboozled the President, after all he’s only a civilian, but you’re not about to fool me!
I Was a Teen-Age Secret Weapon Richard Sabia
verb (transitive) (informal)
to cheat; mislead
1703, originally a slang or cant word, perhaps Scottish from bombaze “perplex,” related to bombast, or French embabouiner “to make a fool (literally ‘baboon’) of.” Related: Bamboozled; bamboozling. As a noun from 1703.
Confused; mystified (1800s+)
To hoax; trick; swindle; flimflam: My worthy opponent thrives by bamboozling the public
[Underworld 1700s+; origin unknown and much disputed; some claim a Romany source]
to deceive or get the better of (someone) by trickery, flattery, or the like; humbug; hoodwink (often followed by into): They bamboozled us into joining the club. Synonyms: gyp, dupe, trick, cheat, swindle, defraud, flimflam, hoax, gull, rook; delude, mislead, fool. to perplex; mystify; confound. Synonyms: befog, bewilder, puzzle, baffle, dumbfound. to practice trickery, deception, […]
bamf /bamf/ 1. [Old X-Men comics] Notional sound made by a person or object teleporting in or out of the hearer’s vicinity. Often used in virtual reality (especially MUD) electronic fora when a character wishes to make a dramatic entrance or exit. 2. The sound of magical transformation, used in virtual reality fora. [Jargon File]
a loud thud, as that produced when two objects strike against each other with force. to make or emit a bam. Historical Examples “Now you’re bamming me, Doctor,” replied the other, good-humouredly. Katerfelto G. J. Whyte-Melville interjection, imitative of the sound of a hard hit, first recorded 1922 (from 1917 as the sound of an […]
bamoth heights, the forty-seventh station of the Israelites (Num. 21:19,20) in the territory of the Moabites. Historical Examples But Hezekiah had forfeited his protection by sweeping away His bamoth and His altars! The Expositor’s Bible F. W. Farrar They burnt incense on the bamoth, and served idols, and wrought wickedness. The Expositor’s Bible F. W. […]