hokum


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ho·kum

 (hō′kəm)
n.
1. Something apparently impressive or legitimate but actually untrue or insincere; nonsense.
2. A stock technique for eliciting a desired response from an audience.

[Perhaps ho(cus-pocus) + (bun)kum.]

hokum

(ˈhəʊkəm)
n
1. claptrap; bunk
2. (Theatre) obvious or hackneyed material of a sentimental nature in a play, film, etc
[C20: probably a blend of hocus-pocus and bunkum]

ho•kum

(ˈhoʊ kəm)

n.
1. utter nonsense; bunkum.
2. elements of low comedy or stale melodrama introduced into a play or story for laughter or effect.
[1915–20, Amer.; probably b. hocus -pocus and bunkum]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.hokum - a message that seems to convey no meaninghokum - a message that seems to convey no meaning
subject matter, content, message, substance - what a communication that is about something is about
absurdity, absurdness, ridiculousness - a message whose content is at variance with reason
amphigory, nonsense verse - nonsensical writing (usually verse)
balderdash, fiddle-faddle, piffle - trivial nonsense
buzzword, cant - stock phrases that have become nonsense through endless repetition
cobblers - nonsense; "I think that is a load of cobblers"
crock - nonsense; foolish talk; "that's a crock"
fa la, fal la - meaningless syllables in the refrain of a partsong
gibber, gibberish - unintelligible talking
unintelligibility, incoherence, incoherency - nonsense that is simply incoherent and unintelligible
jabberwocky - nonsensical language (according to Lewis Carroll)
mummery, flummery - meaningless ceremonies and flattery
empty talk, empty words, hot air, palaver, rhetoric - loud and confused and empty talk; "mere rhetoric"
rigamarole, rigmarole - a set of confused and meaningless statements
schmegegge, shmegegge - (Yiddish) baloney; hot air; nonsense
hooey, poppycock, stuff and nonsense, stuff - senseless talk; "don't give me that stuff"
baloney, bilgewater, boloney, bosh, drool, humbug, tommyrot, tosh, twaddle, taradiddle, tarradiddle - pretentious or silly talk or writing
Translations

hokum

[ˈhəʊkəm] N (esp US) → tonterías fpl

hokum

[ˈhəʊkəm] n (= nonsense) → tissu m d'absurdités
The book is enjoyable hokum → Le livre est un tissu d'absurdités plutôt divertissant.

hokum

n (US inf)
(= nonsense)Quatsch m (inf), → Mumpitz m
(= cheap sentiment)Gefühlsduselei f (inf)
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