verb (used with object), hum·bugged, hum·bug·ging.
verb (used without object), hum·bugged, hum·bug·ging.
Origin of humbug
Synonyms for humbug
Related Words for humbughogwash, silliness, babble, bunk, bull, hooey, drivel, poppycock, rubbish, baloney, balderdash, gibberish, trash, pretense, BS, prank, fraud, scam, sting, flimflam
Examples from the Web for humbug
Contemporary Examples of humbug
No one outside Limbaughland or Trumpville, Potemkin villages where no one will vote for Obama anyway, credited the humbug.Robert Shrum on the Vice Presidential Debate: Biden’s Win Was a Big F@$&ing Deal
October 12, 2012
Historical Examples of humbug
Mrs M. is a humbug—not a drop of information can I get for love or money.
The family is in that, as in so many other respects, a humbug.A Treatise on Parents and Children
George Bernard Shaw
You'll find out what a humbug he is by and by, Mrs. Bartlett.In the Midst of Alarms
You know that is not a humbug; you know He has heard you when you knelt down and prayed.
We must have humbug, we all like humbug, we couldn't get on without humbug.Little Dorrit
verb -bugs, -bugging or -bugged
Word Origin for humbug
1751, student slang, "trick, jest, hoax, deception," also as a verb, of unknown origin. A vogue word of the early 1750s; its origin was a subject of much whimsical speculation even then.