Definitions for: Humbug


[n] something intended to deceive; deliberate trickery intended to gain an advantage
[n] pretentious or silly talk or writing
[v] trick or deceive



Webster (1913) Definition: Hum"bug`, n. [Prob. fr. hum to impose on, deceive + bug
a frightful object.]
1. An imposition under fair pretenses; something contrived in
order to deceive and mislead; a trick by cajolery; a hoax.

2. A spirit of deception; cajolery; trickishness.

3. One who deceives or misleads; a deceitful or trickish
fellow; an impostor. --Sir J. Stephen.


Hum"bug`, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Humbugged; p. pr. & vb.
n. Humbugging.]
To deceive; to impose; to cajole; to hoax.

Synonyms: baloney, bilgewater, boloney, bosh, drool, dupery, fraud, fraudulence, hoax, put-on, taradiddle, tarradiddle, tommyrot, tosh, twaddle

See Also: chicanery, cozen, deceive, delude, goldbrick, guile, hokum, lead on, meaninglessness, nonsense, nonsensicality, Piltdown hoax, Piltdown man, shenanigan, trickery, wile

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