Meaning of humbug

hum•bug

Pronunciation: (hum'bug"), [key]
— n., v., interj. -bugged, -bug•ging,
—n.
  1. something intended to delude or deceive.
  2. the quality of falseness or deception.
  3. a person who is not what he or she claims or pretends to be; impostor.
  4. something devoid of sense or meaning; nonsense: a humbug of technical jargon.
  5. a variety of hard mint candy.
—v.t.
  1. to impose upon by humbug or false pretense; delude; deceive.
—v.i.
  1. to practice humbug.
—interj.
  1. nonsense!
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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