humbugger, n.
/hum"bug'/, n., v., humbugged, humbugging, interj.
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. Brit. a variety of hard mint candy.
6. to impose upon by humbug or false pretense; delude; deceive.
7. to practice humbug.
8. nonsense!
[1730-40; orig. uncert.]
Syn. 1. imposition. 2. pretense, sham. 3. pretender, deceiver, charlatan, swindler, quack, confidence man. 6. cheat, swindle, trick, fool, dupe.

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