Definitions for humbugˈhʌmˌbʌg

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

hum•bugˈhʌmˌbʌg(n.; v.; interj.)-bugged, -bug•ging

  1. (n.)something intended to delude or deceive.

  2. a quality of falseness, deception, or hypocrisy.

  3. a person who is not what he or she claims to be.

  4. meaningless or empty talk; nonsense.

  5. (v.t.)to delude; deceive; trick.

  6. (v.i.)to practice deception.

  7. (interj.)nonsense!

Origin of humbug:

1730–40; orig. uncert.

hum′bug`ger•y(n.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. baloney, boloney, bilgewater, bosh, drool, humbug, taradiddle, tarradiddle, tommyrot, tosh, twaddle(noun)

    pretentious or silly talk or writing

  2. humbug, snake oil(noun)

    communication (written or spoken) intended to deceive

  3. fraud, fraudulence, dupery, hoax, humbug, put-on(verb)

    something intended to deceive; deliberate trickery intended to gain an advantage

  4. humbug(verb)

    trick or deceive

Wiktionary

  1. humbug(Noun)

    A hoax, prank or jest

  2. humbug(Noun)

    A fraud or sham

  3. humbug(Noun)

    A fraudster or cheat

  4. humbug(Noun)

    A type of chewy sweet (candy)

  5. humbug(Verb)

    To play a trick on.

  6. humbug(Verb)

    To cheat, swindle.

  7. humbug(Interjection)

    nonsense!

  8. Origin: First in use about 1735-40, from hum + bug

Webster Dictionary

  1. Humbug(noun)

    an imposition under fair pretenses; something contrived in order to deceive and mislead; a trick by cajolery; a hoax

  2. Humbug(noun)

    a spirit of deception; cajolery; trickishness

  3. Humbug(noun)

    one who deceives or misleads; a deceitful or trickish fellow; an impostor

  4. Humbug(verb)

    to deceive; to impose; to cajole; to hoax

Freebase

  1. Humbug

    In English the word Humbug refers to a person or thing that tricks, deceives, talks, or behaves in a way that is deceptive, dishonest, false, or insincere, often a hoax or in jest. The term was first described in 1751 as student slang. It is now also often used as an exclamation to mean 'nonsense' or 'gibberish'. When referring to a person, a humbug means a fraud or impostor, implying an element of unjustified publicity and spectacle. In Britain, the term is also used for certain types of candy. In modern usage, the word is most associated with Ebenezer Scrooge, a character created by Charles Dickens. His famous reference to Christmas, "Bah! Humbug!", declaring Christmas to be a fraud, is commonly used in stage and television versions of A Christmas Carol and also appeared frequently in the original book. The word is also prominently used in The Wizard of Oz, where the wizard describes himself as "just a humbug." P. T. Barnum was a master of humbug, creating public sensations and fascination with his masterful sense of publicity. Many of his promoted exhibitions were obvious fakes, but the paying public enjoyed viewing them, either to scoff or for the wonder of them. A famous humbug took place on the arrival of the actress and theatre manager Jenny Lind to America, just outside the showplace of P. T. Barnum, the New American Museum, in 1850.


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

sham(noun)

something that is pretended, not genuine

The whole trial was a sham.

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