Definition of humbug in English:


Line breaks: hum¦bug
Pronunciation: /ˈhʌmbʌg


  • 2British A boiled sweet, especially one flavoured with peppermint.
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    • 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)

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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.

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