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hokum

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noun ho·kum \ˈhō-kəm\

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. 1 :  a device used (as by showmen) to evoke a desired audience response

  2. 2 :  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

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