- insincere speechmaking by a politician intended merely to please local constituents.
- insincere talk; claptrap; humbug.
Origin of bunkum
Examples from the Web for buncombe
Historical Examples of buncombe
What is the origin of the term “buncombe” as popularly used?Southern Literature From 1579-1895
But as for this theory that all wisdom resides in the people, it's buncombe.A Far Country, Complete
Of his landlord, Buncombe, he gradually learnt all that he cared to know.The Whirlpool
Some kind of buncombe, of course, replied Tom, thoughtfully.The Motor Boat Club in Florida
H. Irving Hancock
Had that fainting spell been buncombe for his benefit as well as Florence's?The Million Dollar Mystery
- a variant spelling (esp US) of bunkum
- empty talk; nonsense
- mainly US empty or insincere speechmaking by a politician to please voters or gain publicity
Word Origin for bunkum
see bunk (n.2).
variant of Buncombe.