verb (used with object), hum·bugged, hum·bug·ging.
verb (used without object), hum·bugged, hum·bug·ging.
- humboldt bay,
- humboldt peak,
- hume's law
Origin of humbug
Examples from the Web for 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|Robert Shrum|October 12, 2012|DAILY BEAST
I know you're there, trying to humbug me, I saw you in town; come on in, and don't be making a fool of yourself.'Real Ghost Stories|William T. Stead
Well, what does that matter, you humbug, when Law is going to make millions for us?The Conspirators|Alexandre Dumas (Pere)
I knew it was humbug; but I had to eat no end of humble pie, all the same.A Pessimist|Robert Timsol
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.