humbug(redirected from humbugging)
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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.
Used to express disbelief or disgust.
v. hum·bugged, hum·bug·ging, hum·bugs
To deceive or trick.
To practice deception or trickery.
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]
n., v. -bugged, -bug•ging,
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.
[1730–40; orig. uncertain]
Past participle: humbugged
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|Noun||1.||humbug - pretentious or silly talk or writing|
|2.||humbug - communication (written or spoken) intended to deceive|
|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
|Verb||1.||humbug - trick or deceive|
To cause to accept what is false, especially by trickery or misrepresentation:
beguile, betray, bluff, cozen, deceive, delude, double-cross, dupe, fool, hoodwink, mislead, take in, trick.