Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Informal A lie or hoax; a deception.
  • n. Informal Nonsense; drivel.
  • n. Music A drumbeat consisting of two almost simultaneous strokes of which the first is a very rapid grace note.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A freak or whim; also, a falsehood; a lie; an illusory pretext; deception; delusion.
  • v. To deceive with a falsehood.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A freak or whim; also, a falsehood; a lie; an illusory pretext; deception; delusion.
  • transitive v. To deceive with a falsehood.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • A dialectal form of flame. Compare flamb.
  • n. A delusion; an illusory pretext; a deception; a falsehood; a lie.
  • n. In drum-music, a grace-note.
  • Deceptive; lying; false.
  • To deceive with falsehood; impose upon; delude: often with off.
  • n. A low marshy place, particularly near a river.

Etymologies

Short for flimflam.
Probably of imitative origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
17th century; from flim-flam, itself perhaps from a dialectical word or Scandinavian; compare Old Norse flim ("lampoon, mockery").[2] (Wiktionary)

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