Bunburying meaning

(humorous) Avoiding one's duties and responsibilities by claiming to have appointments to see a fictitious person.
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Origin of bunburying

  • Bunbury +‎ -ing, coined by Oscar Wilde in The Importance of Being Earnest (1895) after Bunbury, the fictitious invalid friend of the character Algernon whose supposed illness is used as an excuse to avoid social engagements.

    From Wiktionary