1870, "one who practices voodoo," American English, probably an alteration of voodoo. Meaning "something that causes or brings bad luck" is attested from 1880. As a verb from 1886. By 2002 as a type of non-religious American folk magic.
popular dance (like the rhumba but livelier), 1947, from American Spanish mambo, said by Webster to be from Haitian creole word for "voodoo priestess."