Humbug meaning

hŭmbŭg
Nonsense; rubbish.
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A person who claims to be other than what he or she is; an impostor.
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Used to express disbelief or disgust.
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Something intended to deceive; a hoax or fraud.
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Pretense; deception.
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A person who is not what he or she claims to be; impostor.
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A spirit of trickery, deception, etc.
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(brit.) A striped hard candy.
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(UK) A type of chewy sweet (candy)
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To practice deception or trickery.
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To dupe; deceive.
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Nonsense.
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To play a trick on.
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To deceive or trick.
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Origin of humbug

  • Origin unknown

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • First in use about 1735-40, from hum (“(dialectal and slang) to delude, impose on, cajole”) + bug (“a specter, goblin”)

    From Wiktionary