• IPA: /ˈhʊd.wɪŋk/

hoodwink (hoodwinks, present participle hoodwinking; past and past participle hoodwinked) (transitive)

  1. (figurative) To deceive by disguise; to dupe, bewile, mislead.
  2. (archaic) To cover the eyes with a hood; to blindfold.
    • 1603, Michel de Montaigne, John Florio, transl., The Essayes, […], book 1, printed at London: By Val[entine] Simmes for Edward Blount […], OCLC 946730821 ↗, page 81 ↗:
      Some there are, that through feare anticipate the hangmans hand; as he did, whose friends having obtained his pardon, and putting away the cloth wherewith he was hood-winkt, that he might heare it read, was found starke dead upon the scaffold, wounded only by the stroke of imagination.
  3. (archaic) To overshadow something in a way that one is blind or oblivious to it.
    • 1610–1611, William Shakespeare, “The Tempest”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act IV, scene i], page 15 ↗, column Cal.}} Good my Lord, giue me thy fauour ſtil,
      Be patient, for the prize Il bring thee too
      Shall hudwinke this miſchance : therefore ſpeake ſoftly,
      All's huſht as midnight yet.:
  4. (archaic) To hide or obscure.
    • 1827, Thomas Babington Macaulay, Machiavelli
      The time was not yet come when eloquence was to be gagged, and reason to be hoodwinked […]

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