hocus


hocus

hocus [hoh-kuh s] ExamplesWord Origin See more synonyms for hocus on Thesaurus.com verb (used with object), ho·cused, ho·cus·ing or (especially British) ho·cussed, ho·cus·sing.

  1. to play a trick on; hoax; cheat.
  2. to stupefy with drugged liquor.
  3. to drug (liquor).

Origin of hocus First recorded in 1665–75; short for hocus-pocus Related Words for hocus abracadabra, mystification, nonsense, hoax, incantation, cant, artifice, jargon, cheating, deception, trickery, imposture, delusion, spell, flimflam, chicanery, charm, deceit, swindle, humbug Examples from the Web for hocus Contemporary Examples of hocus

  • So how did 18-year-old Jason Marsden get cast as the voice of a talking cat in Hocus Pocus?

    ‘Hocus Pocus’ Turns 20: Meet the Voice Behind Binx the Talking Cat

    Kevin Fallon

    October 31, 2013

  • Finally, in the spirit of Hocus Pocus, what are your Halloween plans this year?

    ‘Hocus Pocus’ Turns 20: Meet the Voice Behind Binx the Talking Cat

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  • Historical Examples of hocus

  • Hocus loved her best, believing her to be his own, got upon the body of Mrs. Bull.

    The History of John Bull

    John Arbuthnot

  • In his most impressive style he undertook to administer a solemn rebuke for the use of such words as jockey and hocus.

    Lord Randolph Churchill

    Winston Spencer Churchill

  • Hocus pocus, gipsy words of magic, similar to the modern presto fly.

    The Slang Dictionary

    John Camden Hotten

  • A good swinging sum of John’s readiest cash went towards building of Hocus’s country house.

    The History of John Bull

    John Arbuthnot

  • This has been Hocus’s constant language, and I am sure he has had obligations enough to us to have acted another part.

    The History of John Bull

    John Arbuthnot

  • British Dictionary definitions for hocus hocus verb -cuses, -cusing, -cused, -cuses, -cussing or -cussed (tr) rare

    1. to take in; trick
    2. to stupefy, esp with a drug
    3. to add a drug to (a drink)

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