Pronunciation: (hō'kus-pō'kus),[key] —n., v.,-cused, -cus•ing or (esp. Brit.)-cussed, -cus•sing.
—n. 1. a meaningless chant or expression used in conjuring or incantation.
2. a juggler's trick; sleight of hand.
3. trickery; deception.
4. unnecessarily mysterious or elaborate activity or talk to cover up a deception, magnify a simple purpose, etc.
—v.t. to play tricks on or with.
—v.i. to perform tricks; practice trickery or deception.