[ hoh-kuhm ]
/ ˈhoʊ kəm /
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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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Origin of hokum

1915–20, Americanism; probably blend of hocus-pocus and bunkum
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Example sentences from the Web for hokum

  • Rice is caught in the weird hierarchy of the Bush administration, where nothing seems to trump the proud place of pure hokum.

    Thandie Nails Condi|Patricia J. Williams|October 21, 2008|DAILY BEAST
  • 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

/ (ˈhəʊkəm) /

noun slang

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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