noun ho·kum \ˈhō-kəm\

: foolish or untrue words or ideas

: writing, music, etc., that is too dramatic or sentimental and not very original

Full Definition of HOKUM

:  a device used (as by showmen) to evoke a desired audience response
:  pretentious nonsense :  bunkum

Examples of HOKUM

  1. Everyone knows his story is pure hokum.
  2. His new film is yet another piece of Hollywood hokum.

Origin of HOKUM

probably blend of hocus-pocus and bunkum
First Known Use: 1908

Rhymes with HOKUM


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