Simple Definition of hokum
: foolish or untrue words or ideas
: writing, music, etc., that is too dramatic or sentimental and not very original
Full Definition of hokum
1 : a device used (as by showmen) to evoke a desired audience response
2 : pretentious nonsense : bunkum
Examples of hokum
Everyone knows his story is pure hokum.
His new film is yet another piece of Hollywood hokum.
Origin of hokum
probably blend of hocus-pocus and bunkum
First Known Use: 1908
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