hokum

noun ho·kum \ ˈhō-kəm \
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

Definition of hokum

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

Examples of hokum in a Sentence

  1. Everyone knows his story is pure hokum.

  2. His new film is yet another piece of Hollywood hokum.

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Origin and Etymology of hokum

probably blend of hocus-pocus and bunkum


HOKUM Defined for English Language Learners

hokum

noun

Definition of hokum for English Language Learners

  • : foolish or untrue words or ideas

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



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