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[mynkh-hou-zuh n] /ˈmünxˌhaʊ zən/
Karl Friedrich Hieronymus
[kahrl free-drikh hee-ey-roh-ny-moo s] /kɑrl ˈfri drɪx ˌhi eɪˈroʊ nüˌmʊs/ (Show IPA),
Baron von
[fuh n] /fən/ (Show IPA),
1720–97, German soldier, adventurer, and teller of tales.
English Munchausen
[muhn-chou-zuh n, muhnch-hou-, muhn-chaw-] /ˈmʌnˌtʃaʊ zən, ˈmʌntʃˌhaʊ-, mʌnˈtʃɔ-/ (Show IPA)
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Munchausenism, noun Unabridged
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  • From that moment Blenkinthrope was tacitly accepted as the munchausen of the party.

  • “Well, I believe fully that we are all descended from the ape,” said munchausen.

    A House-Boat on the Styx John Kendrick Bangs
  • A charming store of wit and humor of the munchausen variety is to be found in the Bible.

    The Bible John E. Remsburg
  • Is there not the Megatherium for the literary, and the munchausen for the travelled?

    General Bounce

    G. J. Whyte-Melville
  • These are (Paul says) lima beans munchausen, and here we have could-be asparagus.

    West Of The Sun Edgar Pangborn
  • Mr. munchausen graciously received the callers and asked what he could do for them.

    Mr. Munchausen

    John Kendrick Bangs
  • A boa-constrictor, said Mr. munchausen, and I knew him from his childhood.

    Mr. Munchausen

    John Kendrick Bangs
  • Thats true, and that is why it was intelligent, said Mr. munchausen.

    Mr. Munchausen

    John Kendrick Bangs
  • He flew off as soon as I lifted the top of the machine, said Mr. munchausen.

    Mr. Munchausen

    John Kendrick Bangs
British Dictionary definitions for munchausen


/German ˈmynçhauzən/
an exaggerated story
a person who tells such a story
Word Origin
C19: after Baron Münchhausen, subject of a series of exaggerated adventure tales written in English by R. E. Raspe (1737–94)
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Word Origin and History for munchausen


in reference to unbelievable stories (1850) is in reference to Baron Karl Friedrich Hieronymus von Münchhausen (1720-1797), German adventurer who served in the Russian army against the Turks; wildly exaggerated exploits attributed to him are told in the 1785 English book "Baron Munchausen, Narrative of his Marvellous Travels," written by Rudolph Erich Raspe (1734-1794). As a syndrome involving feigned dramatic illness, it is attested from 1951.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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