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hum·bug

 (hŭm′bŭg′)
n.
1. Something intended to deceive; a hoax or fraud.
2. A person who claims to be other than what he or she is; an impostor.
3. Nonsense; rubbish.
4. Pretense; deception.
interj.
Used to express disbelief or disgust.
v. hum·bugged, hum·bug·ging, hum·bugs
v.tr.
To deceive or trick.
v.intr.
To practice deception or trickery.

[Origin unknown.]

hum′bug′ger n.
hum′bug′ger·y n.

humbug

(ˈhʌmˌbʌɡ)
n
1. a person or thing that tricks or deceives
2. nonsense; rubbish
3. (Cookery) Brit a hard boiled sweet, usually flavoured with peppermint and often having a striped pattern
vb, -bugs, -bugging or -bugged
to cheat or deceive (someone)
[C18: of unknown origin]
ˈhumˌbugger n
ˈhumˌbuggery n

hum•bug

(ˈhʌmˌbʌg)

n., v. -bugged, -bug•ging,
interj. n.
1. something intended to delude or deceive.
2. a quality of falseness, deception, or hypocrisy.
3. a person who is not what he or she claims to be.
4. meaningless or empty talk; nonsense.
v.t.
5. to delude; deceive; trick.
v.i.
6. to practice deception.
interj.
7. nonsense!
[1730–40; orig. uncertain]
hum′bug`ger, n.
hum′bug`ger•y, n.

humbug


Past participle: humbugged
Gerund: humbugging

Imperative
humbug
humbug
Present
I humbug
you humbug
he/she/it humbugs
we humbug
you humbug
they humbug
Preterite
I humbugged
you humbugged
he/she/it humbugged
we humbugged
you humbugged
they humbugged
Present Continuous
I am humbugging
you are humbugging
he/she/it is humbugging
we are humbugging
you are humbugging
they are humbugging
Present Perfect
I have humbugged
you have humbugged
he/she/it has humbugged
we have humbugged
you have humbugged
they have humbugged
Past Continuous
I was humbugging
you were humbugging
he/she/it was humbugging
we were humbugging
you were humbugging
they were humbugging
Past Perfect
I had humbugged
you had humbugged
he/she/it had humbugged
we had humbugged
you had humbugged
they had humbugged
Future
I will humbug
you will humbug
he/she/it will humbug
we will humbug
you will humbug
they will humbug
Future Perfect
I will have humbugged
you will have humbugged
he/she/it will have humbugged
we will have humbugged
you will have humbugged
they will have humbugged
Future Continuous
I will be humbugging
you will be humbugging
he/she/it will be humbugging
we will be humbugging
you will be humbugging
they will be humbugging
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been humbugging
you have been humbugging
he/she/it has been humbugging
we have been humbugging
you have been humbugging
they have been humbugging
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been humbugging
you will have been humbugging
he/she/it will have been humbugging
we will have been humbugging
you will have been humbugging
they will have been humbugging
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been humbugging
you had been humbugging
he/she/it had been humbugging
we had been humbugging
you had been humbugging
they had been humbugging
Conditional
I would humbug
you would humbug
he/she/it would humbug
we would humbug
you would humbug
they would humbug
Past Conditional
I would have humbugged
you would have humbugged
he/she/it would have humbugged
we would have humbugged
you would have humbugged
they would have humbugged
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.humbug - pretentious or silly talk or writinghumbug - pretentious or silly talk or writing
hokum, meaninglessness, nonsense, nonsensicality, bunk - a message that seems to convey no meaning
jargon, lingo, patois, argot, vernacular, slang, cant - a characteristic language of a particular group (as among thieves); "they don't speak our lingo"
2.humbug - communication (written or spoken) intended to deceive
deception, misrepresentation, deceit - a misleading falsehood
3.humbug - something intended to deceive; deliberate trickery intended to gain an advantage
chicanery, wile, shenanigan, trickery, guile, chicane - the use of tricks to deceive someone (usually to extract money from them)
goldbrick - anything that is supposed to be valuable but turns out to be worthless
Verb1.humbug - trick or deceive
cozen, deceive, delude, lead on - be false to; be dishonest with

humbug

noun nonsense, rubbish, trash, hypocrisy, cant, baloney (informal), claptrap (informal), quackery, eyewash (informal), charlatanry Britain's laws on homosexuality are hypocritical humbug.

humbug

nounverb
To cause to accept what is false, especially by trickery or misrepresentation:
Informal: bamboozle, have.
Slang: four-flush.
Translations

humbug

[ˈhʌmbʌg] N
1. (= person) → charlatán/ana m/f
he's an old humbuges un farsante
2. (= nonsense) → tonterías fpl
humbug!¡bobadas!
3. (Brit) (= sweet) → caramelo m de menta

humbug

[ˈhʌmbʌg] n
(= insincere talk) → tromperie f
(British) (= sweet) → bonbon m à la menthe

humbug

n
(Brit: = sweet) → Pfefferminzbonbon m or nt
(inf: = talk) → Humbug m, → Mumpitz m (inf)
(inf: = person) → Halunke m, → Gauner(in) m(f)

humbug

[ˈhʌmˌbʌg] n (person) → impostore m; (nonsense) → frottole fpl, falsità (Brit) (sweet) → caramella alla menta
References in classic literature ?
That music has taken the vanity out of my as Rome took it out of her, and I won't be a humbug any longer.
This relieved me; and once more, and finally as it seemed to me, I pronounced him in my heart, a humbug.
He was a tall, good-looking fellow enough; but if ever there was a humbug in the shape of a groom Alfred Smirk was the man.
I took quick note of that; it indicated that a humbug didn't need to have a reputation in this asylum; people stood ready to take him at his word, without that.
It is strange, beyond comprehension, that so manifest a humbug as the ant has been able to fool so many nations and keep it up so many ages without being found out.
and all that kind of humbug talky-talk, just the way people always does at a supper, you know.
He waited until the place had become absolutely silent and expectant, then he delivered his deadliest shot; delivered it with ice-cold seriousness and deliberation, with a significant emphasis upon the closing words: he said he believed that the reward offered for the lost knife was humbug and bunkum, and that its owner would know where to find it whenever he should have occasion TO ASSASSINATE SOMEBODY.
WELL, all day we went through the humbug of watching one another, and it was pretty sickly business for two of us and hard to act out, I can tell you.
Now that, my child,' continued Miss Mowcher, rubbing all the time as busily as ever, 'is another instance of the refreshing humbug I was speaking of.
Before I had been standing at the window five minutes, they somehow conveyed to me that they were all toadies and humbugs, but that each of them pretended not to know that the others were toadies and humbugs: because the admission that he or she did know it, would have made him or her out to be a toady and humbug.
Silver, if you like," cried the squire; "but as for that intolerable humbug, I declare I think his conduct unmanly, unsailorly, and downright un-English.
Examinations, sir, are pure humbug from beginning to end.