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English noun: humbug

1. humbug (communication) pretentious or silly talk or writing

Synonymsbaloney, bilgewater, boloney, bosh, drool, taradiddle, tarradiddle, tommyrot, tosh, twaddle

Broader (hypernym)bunk, hokum, meaninglessness, nonsense, nonsensicality

Domain usageargot, cant, jargon, lingo, patois, slang, vernacular

2. humbug (communication) communication (written or spoken) intended to deceive

Synonymssnake oil

Broader (hypernym)deceit, deception, misrepresentation

3. humbug (act) something intended to deceive; deliberate trickery intended to gain an advantage

Synonymsdupery, fraud, fraudulence, hoax, put-on

Broader (hypernym)chicane, chicanery, guile, shenanigan, trickery, wile

Narrower (hyponym)goldbrick

English verb: humbug

1. humbug (social) trick or deceive

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)cozen, deceive, delude, lead on

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