- 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.
Origin of hokum
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Related Words for hokumbanality, bromide, platitude, sweet, hokum, falsehood, fraud, trickery, duplicity, hypocrisy, betrayal, untruth, deceit, mendacity, treachery, lying, disinformation, stereotype, tag, flatness
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Historical Examples of hokum
- claptrap; bunk
- obvious or hackneyed material of a sentimental nature in a play, film, etc
Word Origin for hokum
C20: probably a blend of hocus-pocus and bunkum
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Word Origin and History for hokum
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