Origin of flamprobably echoic
- A lie or hoax; a deception.
- Nonsense; drivel.
Origin of flamShort for flimflam
Origin of flamProbably of imitative origin
- A freak or whim.
- A falsehood; a lie; an illusory pretext; deception; delusion.
(third-person singular simple present flams, present participle flamming, simple past and past participle flammed)
- (obsolete) To deceive with a falsehood.
- God is not to be flammed off with lies. — South.
17th century; from flim-flam, itself perhaps from a dialectical word or Scandinavian; compare Old Norse flim (“lampoon, mockery”).