The origin of the phrase "Humbug" is suspected to be between the years 1730 and 1740. Some of its definitions are, 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.