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buncombe

[buhng-kuh m] /ˈbʌŋ kəm/
noun
1.
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  • But usually he regarded the carnival of his country's buncombe with an indulgent horror.
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British Dictionary definitions for buncombe

buncombe

/ˈbʌŋkəm/
noun
1.
a variant spelling (esp US) of bunkum

bunkum

/ˈbʌŋkəm/
noun
1.
empty talk; nonsense
2.
(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 buncombe
n.

see bunk (n.2).

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Slang definitions & phrases for buncombe

buncombe

Related Terms

bunk


bunkum

noun

bunk (1840s+)


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