humbug


1hum·bug

noun \ˈhəm-ˌbəg\

: language or behavior that is false or meant to deceive people

: someone or something that is not honest or true

: a hard peppermint candy

Full Definition of HUMBUG

1
a :  something designed to deceive and mislead
b :  a willfully false, deceptive, or insincere person
2
:  an attitude or spirit of pretense and deception
4
British :  a hard usually mint-flavored candy
hum·bug·gery \-ˌbə-g(ə-)rē\ noun

Examples of HUMBUG

  1. <tests showed that the old map of America was a cleverly made humbug>
  2. <those UFO stories are a lot of humbug>

Origin of HUMBUG

origin unknown
First Known Use: 1750

2humbug

verb
hum·buggedhum·bug·ging

Definition of HUMBUG

transitive verb
:  deceive, hoax
intransitive verb
:  to engage in a hoax or deception

Examples of HUMBUG

  1. <humbugged into believing that the bones were the skeleton of a prehistoric human being>

First Known Use of HUMBUG

1751

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