1. Nonsense; rubbish.
2. Something intended to deceive; a hoax or fraud.
3. One who claims to be other than what one is; an impostor.
Used to express disbelief or disgust.
v. hum·bugged, hum·bug·ging, hum·bugs
To deceive or trick: The scheme humbugged many people
To practice deception or trickery.
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