Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. mendacious boasting; falsehood; humbug

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Mendacious boasting; falsehood; humbug.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To humbug; boast; lie jestingly.
  • n. Humbug; vain boasting; pretentious falsehood.

Etymologies

French (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Bertrand was opposite to him, and having listened with delight and reverence to some tale of knavery truly royal, was exclaiming with a look and voice expressive of the most intense admiration, “AH VIEUX BLAGEUR! va!” — the word blague is untranslatable — it means

    The Paris Sketch Book

  • -- the word blague is untranslatable -- it means FRENCH humbug as distinct from all other; and only those who know the value of an epigram in France, an epigram so wonderfully just, a little word so curiously comprehensive, can fancy the kind of rage and rapture with which it was received.

    The Paris Sketch Book

  • This foolish "blague" was accompanied by a description of Edison's new "aerophone," a steam machine which carried the voice a distance of one and a half miles.

    Edison, His Life and Inventions

  • "blague," but, curious to say, the sequel completely justified both assertions.

    Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo Volume 1

  • Sancta Rufola, la noble patronne de cette blague! mes devises

    Felix et errabunda XVII

  • Une blague, une idée insouciante sans arrière pensé aucune.

    Morocco: Bloggers Rally Behind Fouad Mourtada

  • “Schlague for blague!” said Leon de Lora, in a whisper, to Joseph Bridau.

    A Start in Life

  • Lousteau, Merlin, and Finot took up the cudgels for the system known by the name of blague; puffery, gossip, and humbug, said they, was the test of talent, and set the hall-mark, as it were, upon it.

    A Distinguished Provincial at Paris

  • As a strow will shaw she does the wind blague, recting to show the rudess of a robur curling and shewing the fansaties of a frizette.

    Finnegans Wake

  • J'ai pensé couper mes notes en deux: Une partie pour lui et une partie pour les autres mais sans blague!

    pinku-tk Diary Entry

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  • hmm… not unlike certain blogs I've seen.

    August 18, 2008

  • a practical joke, playful deception, raillery, etc.

    August 18, 2008