from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Something intended to deceive; a hoax or fraud.
- n. A person who claims to be other than what he or she is; an impostor.
- n. Nonsense; rubbish.
- n. Pretense; deception.
- interj. Used to express disbelief or disgust.
- transitive v. To deceive or trick.
- intransitive v. To practice deception or trickery.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A hoax, prank or jest
- n. A fraud or sham
- n. A fraudster or cheat
- n. A type of chewy sweet (candy)
- interj. nonsense!
- v. To play a trick on.
- v. To cheat, swindle.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An imposition under fair pretenses; something contrived in order to deceive and mislead; a trick by cajolery; a hoax.
- n. A spirit of deception; cajolery; trickishness.
- n. One who deceives or misleads; a deceitful or trickish fellow; an impostor.
- transitive v. To deceive; to impose; to cajole; to hoax.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A trick; an imposition, especially an imposition perpetrated under fair and honorable pretenses; a hoax.
- n. A spirit of deception or imposition; falseness; hollowness; pretense; sham: as, there is a great deal of humbug about him.
- n. An impostor; a cheat; a deceitful fellow; a person given to cajolery, flattery, or specious stories.
- n. A form of nippers for grasping the cartilage of the nose in refractory cattle.
- n. A kind of candy. See the extract.
- To deceive by a false pretense; impose upon; cajole; hoax.
- To practise deceit or trickery.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. pretentious or silly talk or writing
- n. something intended to deceive; deliberate trickery intended to gain an advantage
- n. communication (written or spoken) intended to deceive
- v. trick or deceive
Origin unknown.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
First in use about 1735-40, from hum ("(dialectal and slang) to delude, impose on, cajole") + bug ("a specter, goblin") (Wiktionary)