Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Money, especially counterfeit money.
  • n. Money accepted as a bribe.
  • n. Slang Stolen goods; swag.
  • n. Slang A crowd of people; caboodle.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Money, especially when acquired or spent illegally or improperly; swag.
  • n. The whole collection or lot; caboodle.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The whole collection or lot; caboodle.
  • n. Money given in payment for votes or political influence; bribe money; swag.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Crowd; pack; lot: in a contemptuous sense, especially in the phrase the whole kit and boodle.
  • n. Money fraudulently obtained in public service; especially, money given to or received by officials in bribery, or gained by collusive contracts, appointments, etc.; by extension, gain from public cheating of any kind: often used attributively.
  • n. Counterfeit money.
  • n. A blockhead; a noodle.
  • n. An old English name for the corn-marigold, Chrysanthemum segetum. Also written buddle.
  • n. Same as newmarket, 1.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a gambling card game in which chips are placed on the ace and king and queen and jack of separate suits (taken from a separate deck); a player plays the lowest card of a suit in his hand and successively higher cards are played until the sequence stops; the player who plays a card matching one in the layout wins all the chips on that card
  • n. informal terms for money

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Dutch boedel, estate, from Middle Dutch bōdel; see bheuə- in Indo-European roots.

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From Dutch boedel.

Examples

  • In the mean time the governor had heard the whisper of "boodle" -- a word of the day expressive of a corrupt legislative fund.

    The Titan

  • We are now known as the boodle or boondoggle city.

    The Chicago Picasso.

  • Leaving her, I went to our rendezvous, near Broadway and Astor place, where I found Irving, who handed me over his "boodle" (as he termed it), remarking confidentially that I was to give him on my return his share into his own hands; and, singularly enough, each of the others did precisely the same thing.

    Bidwell's Travels, from Wall Street to London Prison Fifteen Years in Solitude

  • This "boodle" deal evokes the query whether if a candidate for

    The Complete Works of Brann the Iconoclast, Volume 10

  • The hint that the "boodle" was "six figures short" made the condition of the national treasury lamentably clear.

    Cabbages and Kings

  • The telephone was not then in existence; there were no Pullman cars; the words "boodle" and "wire," in the sense here used, had never been heard.

    Who Wrote the Bible? : a Book for the People

  • He is simple in his habits, generous and kind, obedient to those who are over him either in civil or religious matters; he is a quiet citizen; he is very fond of a little "boodle" (when he can get it), and it is looked upon as one of his virtues which he sometimes pursues to an unwholesome extent; he is called up and rebuked for it, goes away and soon begins to do it again.

    Canada from East to West

  • "boodle" was "six figures short" made the condition of the national treasury lamentably clear.

    Cabbages and Kings

  • It is their boodle, pelf and spoils that they are trying to preserve.

    Henry J. Stern: Beware the Gerrymander

  • ÂIt is their boodle, pelf and spoils that they are trying to preserve.

    Henry J. Stern: Beware the Gerrymander

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  • When Ernest lays him down to sleep

    He tallies the toll his labors reap.

    He hoards in his noodle

    A lexical boodle,

    It's words that he counts, never sheep.

    Find out more about Ernest Bafflewit

    November 14, 2015

  • "As soon as the railroad wants to talk business with me," observed Annixter, "about selling me their interest in Quien Sabe, I'm ready. The land has more than quadrupled in value. I'll bet I could sell it to-morrow for fifteen dollars an acre, and if I buy of the railroad for two and a half an acre, there's boodle in the game."

    - Frank Norris, The Octopus, ch. 3

    August 9, 2008

  • Crossword puzzle clue for swag.

    January 17, 2008

  • "'You study the life and times of Jan-Willem Hendrykxx. I could bear to know how he made his boodle and why he left it to the Ol Njorowa Foundation.'"

    - 'Windfall', Desmond Bagley.

    January 6, 2008