Humbug



[huhm-buhg] /ˈhʌmˌbʌg/

noun
1.
something intended to delude or deceive.
2.
the quality of falseness or deception.
3.
a person who is not what he or she claims or pretends to be; impostor.
4.
something devoid of sense or meaning; nonsense:
a humbug of technical jargon.
5.
British. a variety of hard mint candy.
verb (used with object), humbugged, humbugging.
6.
to impose upon by humbug or false pretense; delude; deceive.
verb (used without object), humbugged, humbugging.
7.
to practice humbug.
interjection
8.
(used as an expletive to express rejection of something as being completely untrue or nonsensical.)
/ˈhʌmˌbʌɡ/
noun
1.
a person or thing that tricks or deceives
2.
nonsense; rubbish
3.
(Brit) a hard boiled sweet, usually flavoured with peppermint and often having a striped pattern
verb -bugs, -bugging, -bugged
4.
to cheat or deceive (someone)
n.

1751, student slang, “trick, jest, hoax, deception,” also as a verb, of unknown origin. A vogue word of the early 1750s; its origin was a subject of much whimsical speculation even then.

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