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humbug

hum·bug

humbug

 
 
pronunciation:
huhm buhg
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb, intransitive verb, interjection
features:
Word Combinations (noun)
part of speech: noun
definition 1: something intended to deceive; fake; fraud; hoax.
The elderly professor had seen all the tricks the students could get up to and wasn't about to be deceived by this old humbug.
synonyms:
fake, fakery, fraud
similar words:
con, deceit, deception, flimflam, hoax, ruse, sham, swindle
definition 2: the act of deceiving by trickery or falsification.
What they call salesmanship is just a bunch of humbug in my opinion.
synonyms:
fakery, fraud, trickery
similar words:
con, confidence game, deceit, deception, falsification, flimflam, hoax, ruse, swindle, wile
definition 3: a person involved in a hoax or impersonation; impostor.
Don't believe any of that humbug's claims! He's not a doctor or any kind of healer.
synonyms:
faker, fraud, impostor, phony
similar words:
bilker, charlatan, fake, flimflammer, mountebank, quack, sham, swindler, trickster
definition 4: something without substance or meaning, such as an idea or argument; nonsense.
His essay was neither logical nor convincing; in fact, it was sheer humbug.
synonyms:
baloney, bunk, flummery, hokum, nonsense, trumpery
similar words:
bosh, bunkum, claptrap, crock, eyewash, flimflam, garbage, hogwash, rot, rubbish, stuff
definition 5: a hard, usually mint-flavored, candy.
She popped another humbug in her mouth.
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: humbugged, humbugging, humbugs
definition: to trick or defraud (someone).
synonyms:
cheat, cozen, defraud, flimflam, swindle, trick
similar words:
bamboozle, bilk, bluff, deceive, diddle, dupe, fleece, gull, hoax, rook
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to engage in deception, fraud, or other trickery.
synonyms:
cozen
similar words:
bluff, cheat, deceive, swindle
 
part of speech: interjection
definition: nonsense; rubbish; ridiculous!
Humbug! You're not interested in my health, just my money.Humbug! You're too young to retire, and we still need you!
synonyms:
baloney, rot, rubbish
similar words:
nonsense
derivation: humbugger (n.)