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humbug

[ huhm-buhg ]SEE DEFINITION OF humbug
  • nounnonsense
  • nounhoax

Synonyms for humbug

  • BS
  • babble
  • balderdash
  • baloney
  • bull
  • bunk
  • drivel
  • gibberish
  • hogwash
  • hooey
  • poppycock
  • pretense
  • rubbish
  • silliness
  • trash
  • empty talk
  • hot air
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Antonyms for humbug

  • possessions
  • sense
  • truth
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR HUMBUG

Mrs M. is a humbug—not a drop of information can I get for love or money.

The family is in that, as in so many other respects, a humbug.

You'll find out what a humbug he is by and by, Mrs. Bartlett.

You know that is not a humbug; you know He has heard you when you knelt down and prayed.

We must have humbug, we all like humbug, we couldn't get on without humbug.

There is a vast deal of humbug in the use we make of the word humility.

Lincoln, even such as he is, contrives to humbug most of the Congressmen.

All that humbug which has only sent poor folks to rack and ruin!

Hilda would be best described as a jolly girl with no humbug about her.

You don't fancy, do you, that you are the only man with a gift for humbug?

WORD ORIGIN

1751, student slang, "trick, jest, hoax, deception," also as a verb, of unknown origin. A vogue word of the early 1750s; its origin was a subject of much whimsical speculation even then.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR HUMBUG

baloney

nounnonsense
  • bull
  • bunk
  • hogwash
  • hooey
  • humbug

cheat

nountrick
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