from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Pretentious nonsense; bunkum.

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  • noun A buffoon.
  • noun Trivial matters; nonsense.


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Origin unknown.]


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  • I always had a feeling that Zerka was hiding a laugh about something, and especially so when we went through the silly flubdub of Zani ritual.

    Carson of Venus Burroughs, Edgar Rice, 1875-1950 1939

  • Ergo, one notion is as good as another, and if it happens to be utter flubdub, so much the better - for it is precisely flubdub that penetrates

    Prejudices : first series, 1919

  • And that is why, when he tackles the maudlin flubdub of the Broadway dons, he does it with the weapons of comedy, and even of farce.

    Prejudices : first series, 1919

  • Usual courtesies -- good customer of your bank -- you know; usual flubdub.

    Cappy Ricks Retires 1918

  • The bombast, the cant, the flapdoodle and flubdub, the silly unction of different kinds of preachers are "done to a hair."

    The Complete Works of Brann the Iconoclast, Volume 10 1905

  • I was remembering some of the fulsome flubdub I'd read about him.

    A Woman Named Smith Marie Conway Oemler 1905

  • Any God's quantity of fuss and flubdub to bury a man, and not an ounce of forehandedness in the whole outfit to find out whether he was rightly dead.

    Traffics and Discoveries Rudyard Kipling 1900

  • She's lamed me up twice beating me -- an 'Perkins wanting me to say' God bless my mother! 'a-getting up and a-going to bed -- he's a flubdub!

    Lin McLean Owen Wister 1899

  • Could we go along forever living on the flubdub of self-praise?

    Under the Skylights Henry Blake Fuller 1893

  • "All the flubdub this Werder girl got off to-night puts me in mind of the way I talked that day.

    Ramsey Milholland Booth Tarkington 1907


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  • Overblown or inept language. Bombast. (As a civil servant, one is frequently exposed to this!)

    March 3, 2009