Meaning of bah humbug! in English:

bah humbug!


  • Used to express grumpy dislike of something generally regarded as enjoyable, in particular Christmas.

    ‘Christmas is looming. Bah humbug!’
    • ‘Bah humbug to him. In some places Christmas is still a magical time of year’
    • ‘I say bah humbug to you people who condemn them building it.’
    • ‘In a world where taking someone out to a movie can get expensive, the whole idea makes a skinflint want to say, "Bah, humbug!"’
    • ‘Sentimentalists will moan that the TV has replaced the traditional fireplace as the focus of family attention over the holidays, but we say bah, humbug to that.’
    • ‘If they stop giving aid to countries that neither need it nor want it, you and I won't have to fork out our hard earned cash bah, humbug!’
    • ‘It was almost a "bah, humbug" moment when a group of Christmas carolers were turned away by police at the station this week.’
    • ‘I hate to come across as bah, humbug, but I don't find her funny, either.’
    • ‘Tacky winter wonderlands, lame Father Christmases and try-hard TV ads; bah, humbug, indeed.’
    • ‘Whether it's crafty gift ideas or online bargains, there are plenty of ways to cut back on costs without feeling all bah, humbug.’
    • ‘We really like the Christmas cards, with simple playful messages that will raise a smile on even the most "bah, humbug" of faces.’
    • ‘With most people trying to tighten their belts, the cost of everything can leave you feeling a bit bah, humbug before you've even seen your first baubles.’


    From its use by the miser Ebenezer Scrooge in Charles Dickens's novel A Christmas Carol (1843).