1. An imposition under fair pretenses; something contrived in order to deceive and mislead; a trick by cajolery; a hoax.
2. A spirit of deception; cajolery; trickishness.
3. One who deceives or misleads; a deceitful or trickish fellow; an impostor.
Hum·bug, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Humbugged p. pr. & vb. n. Humbugging ] To deceive; to impose; to cajole; to hoax.
n 1: pretentious or silly talk or writing [syn: baloney, boloney,
bilgewater, bosh, drool, taradiddle, tarradiddle,
tommyrot, tosh, twaddle]
2: communication (writen or spoken) intended to deceive [syn: snake
3: something intended to deceive; deliberate trickery intended
to gain an advantage [syn: fraud, fraudulence, dupery,
v : trick or deceive
[also: humbugging, humbugged]