- 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.
- to impose upon by humbug or false pretense; delude; deceive.
- to practice humbug.
- (used as an expletive to express rejection of something as being completely untrue or nonsensical.)
Origin of humbug
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Examples from the Web for humbug
No one outside Limbaughland or Trumpville, Potemkin villages where no one will vote for Obama anyway, credited the humbug.Robert Shrum on the Vice Presidential Debate: Biden’s Win Was a Big F@$&ing Deal
October 12, 2012
Mrs M. is a humbug—not a drop of information can I get for love or money.
The family is in that, as in so many other respects, a humbug.A Treatise on Parents and Children
George Bernard Shaw
You'll find out what a humbug he is by and by, Mrs. Bartlett.In the Midst of Alarms
You know that is not a humbug; you know He has heard you when you knelt down and prayed.
We must have humbug, we all like humbug, we couldn't get on without humbug.Little Dorrit
- a person or thing that tricks or deceives
- nonsense; rubbish
- British a hard boiled sweet, usually flavoured with peppermint and often having a striped pattern
- to cheat or deceive (someone)
Word Origin and History for humbug
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.