- (an exclamation of contempt or annoyance): Bah! Humbug!
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- an expression of contempt or disgust
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exclamation of contempt, 1817, perhaps c.1600, probably from French bah, Old French ba, expressing surprise, scorn, dismay. Perhaps simply a natural exclamation in such situations; cf. Greek babai!, an exclamation of surprise.
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