something intended to delude or deceive.
the quality of falseness or deception.
a person who is not what he or she claims or pretends to be; impostor.
something devoid of sense or meaning; nonsense:
a humbug of technical jargon.
British. a variety of hard mint candy.
verb (used with object), humbugged, humbugging.
to impose upon by humbug or false pretense; delude; deceive.
verb (used without object), humbugged, humbugging.
to practice humbug.
(used as an expletive to express rejection of something as being completely untrue or nonsensical.)
a person or thing that tricks or deceives
(Brit) a hard boiled sweet, usually flavoured with peppermint and often having a striped pattern
verb -bugs, -bugging, -bugged
to cheat or deceive (someone)
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.
[huhm-buhg-uh-ree] /ˈhʌmˌbʌg ə ri/ noun 1. pretense; sham.
[huhm-ding-er] /ˈhʌmˈdɪŋ ər/ noun, Informal. 1. a person, thing, action, or statement of remarkable excellence or effect. /ˈhʌmˌdɪŋə/ noun (slang) 1. something unusually large: a humdinger of a recession 2. an excellent person or thing: a humdinger of a party n. 1905, American English, originally used of beautiful women; probably from dinger, early 19c. slang […]
- Human condition
noun the positive and negative aspects of existence as a human being, esp. the inevitable events such as birth, childhood, adolescence, love, sex, reproduction, aging, and death
adjective First-rate; superior: a real, humdinging comer (1930s+)