buncombe

[buhng-kuh m]

bunkum

or bun·combe

[buhng-kuh m]
noun
  1. insincere speechmaking by a politician intended merely to please local constituents.
  2. insincere talk; claptrap; humbug.

Origin of bunkum

Americanism; after speech in 16th Congress, 1819–21, by F. Walker, who said he was bound to speak for Buncombe (N.C. county in district he represented)
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British Dictionary definitions for buncombe

buncombe

noun
  1. a variant spelling (esp US) of bunkum

bunkum

buncombe

noun
  1. empty talk; nonsense
  2. mainly US empty or insincere speechmaking by a politician to please voters or gain publicity

Word Origin for bunkum

C19: after Buncombe, a county in North Carolina, alluded to in an inane speech by its Congressional representative Felix Walker (about 1820)
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Word Origin and History for buncombe
n.

see bunk (n.2).

bunkum

n.

variant of Buncombe.

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