snake oil definition by Webster's New World
snake oil definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A worthless preparation fraudulently peddled as a cure for many ills.
- Speech or writing intended to deceive; humbug.
snake oil - Computer Definition
A product that has been proven to not live up to the vendor's marketing hype. The term comes from the 1800s in which elixirs and potions of all kinds, even ones that supposedly included the oils from snakes, were sold as a cure for everything that ailed a person.