humbug

[huhm-buhg]
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:
1730–40; origin uncertain

humbugger, noun


1. imposition. 2. pretense, sham. 3. pretender, deceiver, charlatan, swindler, quack, confidence man. 6. cheat, swindle, trick, fool, dupe.
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humbug (ˈhʌmˌbʌɡ)
 
n
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
 
vb , -bugs, -bugging, -bugged
4.  to cheat or deceive (someone)
 
[C18: of unknown origin]
 
'humbugger
 
n
 
'humbuggery
 
n

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humbug
1751, student slang, "trick, jest, hoax, deception," of unknown origin.
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