out-and-out nonsense; bunkum.
elements of low comedy introduced into a play, novel, etc., for the laughs they may bring.
sentimental matter of an elementary or stereotyped kind introduced into a play or the like.
false or irrelevant material introduced into a speech, essay, etc., in order to arouse interest, excitement, or amusement.
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How to use hokum in a sentence
Rice is caught in the weird hierarchy of the Bush administration, where nothing seems to trump the proud place of pure hokum.
Ye see, hokum he got thirty-seven cents' worth o' lemons and sperit.Oldtown Fireside Stories | Harriet Beecher Stowe
And there's just enough hokum in that to make everyone back at the Academy happy.The Space Pioneers | Carey Rockwell
Senator Gonzales was fond of the Society's crackpot receptionist, and he knew exactly what kind of hokum would please her most.Psichopath | Gordon Randall Garrett
British Dictionary definitions for hokum
obvious or hackneyed material of a sentimental nature in a play, film, etc
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