Definition of humbug noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈhʌmbʌɡ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhʌmbʌɡ//
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  1. 1[uncountable] (old-fashioned) dishonest language or behaviour that is intended to trick people political humbug
  2. 2[countable] (old-fashioned) a person who is not sincere or honest
  3. 3 [countable] (British English) a hard sweet/candy made from boiled sugar, especially one that tastes of peppermint
  4. Word Originmid 18th cent. (in the senses ‘hoax, trick’ and ‘deceiver’): of unknown origin.
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