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Meaning of HUMBUG

Pronunciation:  'hum`bug

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  something intended to deceive; deliberate trickery intended to gain an advantage
  2. [n]  pretentious or silly talk or writing
  3. [v]  trick or deceive

HUMBUG is a 6 letter word that starts with H.


 Synonyms: baloney, bilgewater, boloney, bosh, drool, dupery, fraud, fraudulence, hoax, put-on, taradiddle, tarradiddle, tommyrot, tosh, twaddle
 See Also: chicanery, cozen, deceive, delude, goldbrick, guile, hokum, lead on, meaninglessness, nonsense, nonsensicality, Piltdown hoax, Piltdown man, shenanigan, trickery, wile



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Hum"bug`\, n. [Prob. fr. hum to impose on, deceive + bug
    a frightful object.]
    1. An imposition under fair pretenses; something contrived in
       order to deceive and mislead; a trick by cajolery; a hoax.
    2. A spirit of deception; cajolery; trickishness.
    3. One who deceives or misleads; a deceitful or trickish
       fellow; an impostor. --Sir J. Stephen.
  2. \Hum"bug`\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Humbugged}; p. pr. & vb.
    n. {Humbugging}.]
    To deceive; to impose; to cajole; to hoax.
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