hoodoo

 /ˈhuːduː/

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WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
hoo•doo  (ho̅o̅do̅o̅),USA pronunciation n., pl.  -doos, v.,  -dooed, -doo•ing. 
n. 
  1. voodoo.
  2. bad luck.
  3. a person or thing that brings bad luck.
  4. Geologya pillar of rock, usually of fantastic shape, left by erosion.

v.t. 
  1. to bring or cause bad luck to.
  • apparently var of voodoo 1870–75, American.


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

hoodoo /ˈhuːduː/ n ( pl -doos)
  1. a variant of voodoo
  2. informal a person or thing that brings bad luck
  3. informal bad luck
vb ( -doos, -dooing, -dooed)
  1. (transitive) informal to bring bad luck to
Etymology: 19th Century: variant of voodoo



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