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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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