verb (used with object)

to expose or excoriate (a claim, assertion, sentiment, etc.) as being pretentious, false, or exaggerated: to debunk advertising slogans.

Nearby words

  1. debtor,
  2. debtor nation,
  3. debud,
  4. debug,
  5. debulking operation,
  6. deburr,
  7. debus,
  8. debussy,
  9. debussy, claude,
  10. debussy, claude achille

Origin of debunk

An Americanism dating back to 1920–25; de- + bunk2

Related formsde·bunk·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for debunker



(tr) informal to expose the pretensions or falseness of, esp by ridicule
Derived Formsdebunker, noun

Word Origin for debunk

C20: from de- + bunk ²

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Word Origin and History for debunker



1923, from de- + bunk (n.2); first used by U.S. novelist William Woodward (1874-1950), the notion being "to take the bunk out of things." Related: Debunked; debunking.

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