humbug


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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 ?
You will find him in these pages, just the same humbug Wizard as before.
You're more than that," said the Scarecrow, in a grieved tone; "you're 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.
I hadn't much confidence in his brains myself, when first I came to Oz, for a humbug Wizard gave them to him; but I was soon convinced that the Scarecrow is really wise; and, unless his brains make him so, such wisdom is unaccountable.
This relieved me; and once more, and finally as it seemed to me, I pronounced him in my heart, a humbug.
But I would like (though not accustomed to betting) to wager a large sum that not one of the few first-rate skippers of racing yachts has ever been a humbug.
He was bound to acknowledge that, personally, he entertained the highest regard and esteem for the honourable gentleman; he had merely considered him a humbug in a Pickwickian point of view.
said Alfred; "one of Tom Jefferson's pieces of French sentiment and humbug.
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.
I bear you no malice for it, Dick; you were right; I am a humbug.
If I don't save her from the hands of that humbug," he said, aloud, as he went to bed, "she is lost.