from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Variant of bunkum.
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- n. Alternative spelling of bunkum.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Speech-making for the gratification of constituents, or to gain public applause; flattering talk for a selfish purpose; anything said for mere show.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Empty talk; pointless speechmaking; balderdash.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. unacceptable behavior (especially ludicrously false statements)
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They were from all over the map -- "complete hooey" from _Minority Report_, "buncombe" from _The New Republic_, "as truthful as Lydia Pinkham's Vegetable Compound" from an article on pedagogy in the _Sun_.
But to an intelligent worker such sermons sound like capitalistic propaganda, upon which he is constantly being fed by every labor-exploiting concern in the country, and quite naturally he tries to avoid getting an extra dose of the same kind of buncombe on Sunday ....
I never have and never will resort to 'buncombe' for the purpose of securing my own advancement.
It is the purest kind of buncombe for any man to say that democracy is the millenium, just as it is lunacy for the Bolshevist to say that to introduce his system would introduce the millenium.
What is the origin of the term "buncombe" as popularly used?
What a great deal of "buncombe" the American populace will bear!
It must be remembered, however, that the Americans of both parties in the North are more in the habit of "speaking daggers" at each other than of using them; and that, perhaps, all this loud talking is but the bark of a dog that will not bite -- mere "buncombe," intended for present effect.
Neither General Kearney nor Mason had much respect for this land of "buncombe," but assumed the true doctrine that
That's how "buncombe" came to mean annoying and disingenuous language
"buncombe" when I had his boys & others up for trespassing upon certain of the property — claimed much authority as