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
Everyone knows his story is pure hokum.
His new film is yet another piece of Hollywood hokum.
Recent Examples of hokum from the Web
A biting satire attacking the ignorance which provides oxygen for this hokum -- and the tragedy that can result from it -- the BAFTA nominee and Cinefondation alumni is not pulling her punches.
Martin died earlier this year, but his zany approach to life, which included abstaining from tea and water in favor of beer, is captured in How to Live Forever, a new documentary that dips into philosophy, science and hokum.
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Origin and Etymology of hokum
probably blend of hocus-pocus and bunkum
First Known Use: 1908See Words from the same year
HOKUM Defined for English Language Learners
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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