- 1 [mass noun] Deceptive or false talk or behaviour: his comments are sheer humbugMore example sentences
hypocrisy, hypocritical talk/behaviour, sanctimoniousness, posturing, cant, empty talk; insincerity, dishonesty, falseness, falsity, sham, deceit, deception, deceptiveness, imposture, pretence; fraud, trickery, cheating• informal phoneyness, con, kidologyIrish • informal codology• rare Tartufferie
- It would be humbug to pretend that authors at literary festivals have their minds on higher things than selling books.
- This obesity debate is full of humbug and denial.
- He said: ‘It's definitely a case of humbug on the council's part.’
- 1.1 [count noun] A hypocrite: you see what a humbug I amMore example sentences
- Our mean-minded monarchists really are a bunch of humourless humbugs.
- Is he a journalist for whom the principles of his profession override everything else, or is he a complete humbug who has lied to protect a source of information for a story which led to him winning an award for journalism?
- He shows no signs of worry that the company he keeps may mark him as a stonking humbug.
- 2British A boiled sweet, especially one flavoured with peppermint.More example sentences
- The best buys include coffee beans, chocolate, mint humbugs and, of course, clotted cream shortbread.
- Pulled candy can be made from a plain sugar syrup, as in humbugs.
- With coffee and humbugs, lunch tends to drift well into tea-time.
verb (humbugs, humbugging, humbugged)[with object] Back to top
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- It takes a vicious swipe at the humbuggery that has taken over modern politics, and the continuing double-standards applying to men and women in public office.
- His response to all this humbuggery has been to suggest a spontaneous uprising among the oppressed Christians of America.
- All scientists have a bit of humbuggery about them don't you think.
mid 18th century (in the senses 'hoax, trick' and 'deceiver'): of unknown origin.