humbug

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Pronunciation[change]

  • {{RP (Canada) IPA: /ˈhʌmbʌɡ/
  • (US) IPA: /ˈhəmˌbəɡ/
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  • Hyphenation: hum‧bug

Noun[change]

Singular
humbug

Plural
humbugs

  1. A cheat, swindle, or trick.
    I was the victim of a humbug.
  2. (countable) (Britain) A humbug is a type of hard sweet that is peppermint flavoured with a striped pattern.

Verb[change]

Plain form
humbug

Third-person singular
humbugs

Past tense
humbugged

Past participle
humbugged

Present participle
humbugging

  1. To humbug means to cheat, swindle, or trick.
    Don't humbug me.
    That salesman thinks he can humbug everybody.
    I was humbugged when I bought that used car.
    P. T. Barnum was accused of humbugging the public.
    Jack humbugs every customer.