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[buhng-kuh m] /ˈbʌŋ kəm/
insincere speechmaking by a politician intended merely to please local constituents.
insincere talk; claptrap; humbug.
Origin of bunkum
Americanism; after speech in 16th Congress, 1819-21, by F. Walker, who said he was bound to speak for Buncombe (N.C. county in district he represented) Unabridged
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Examples from the web for bunkum
  • Pure bunkum aimed mainly at their current believers so they can feel credible.
  • Belated acknowledgment only accentuated the bunkum that preceded it.
  • But saying that it's a natural frontal-lobe thing is bunkum.
  • bunkum is bunkum, you would think, but apparently for some people there are blind spots.
British Dictionary definitions for bunkum


empty talk; nonsense
(mainly US) empty or insincere speechmaking by a politician to please voters or gain publicity
Word Origin
C19: after Buncombe, a county in North Carolina, alluded to in an inane speech by its Congressional representative Felix Walker (about 1820)
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Word Origin and History for bunkum

variant of Buncombe.

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bunk (1840s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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