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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
Origin
1730-1740
1730-40; origin uncertain
Related forms
humbugger, noun
Synonyms
1. imposition. 2. pretense, sham. 3. pretender, deceiver, charlatan, swindler, quack, confidence man. 6. cheat, swindle, trick, fool, dupe.
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British Dictionary definitions for hum bugged

humbug

/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)
Derived Forms
humbugger, noun
humbuggery, noun
Word Origin
C18: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for hum bugged

humbug

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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