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Meaning of BUNCOMBE

Pronunciation:  'bungkum

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  unacceptable behavior (especially ludicrously false statements); "I put up with a lot of bullshit from that jerk"; "what he said was mostly bull"

BUNCOMBE is a 8 letter word that starts with B.


 Synonyms: bull, bullshit, bunk, bunkum, crap, dogshit, guff, hogwash, horseshit, Irish bull, rot, shit
 See Also: drivel



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Bun"combe\, Bunkum \Bun"kum\, n. [Buncombe a county of
North Carolina.]
Speech-making for the gratification of constituents, or to
gain public applause; flattering talk for a selfish purpose;
anything said for mere show. [Cant or Slang, U.S.]

      All that flourish about right of search was bunkum --
      all that brag about hanging your Canada sheriff was
      bunkum . . . slavery speeches are all bunkum.

{To speak for Buncombe}, to speak for mere show, or

Note: ``The phrase originated near the close of the debate on
      the famous `Missouri Question,' in the 16th Congress.
      It was then used by Felix Walker -- a na["i]ve old
      mountaineer, who resided at Waynesville, in Haywood,
      the most western country of North Carolina, near the
      border of the adjacent county of Buncombe, which formed
      part of his district. The old man rose to speak, while
      the house was impatiently calling for the `Question,'
      and several members gathered round him, begging him to
      desist. He preserved, however, for a while, declaring
      that the people of his district expected it, and that
      he was bound to `make a speech for Buncombe.''' --W.

Thesaurus Terms
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