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flubdub (countable and uncountable, plural flubdubs)

  1. (countable) A buffoon.
    • 1897, Owen Wister, Lin McLean[1]:
      I told Mr. Perkins I wasn't a-going to, an' he--I think he is a flubdub anyway."
    • 1911, Eugene Field, The Holy Cross and Other Tales[2]:
      Rumpty-tumpty, pimplety-pan-- The flubdub courted a catamaran But timplety-topplety, timpity-tare-- The flubdub wedded the big blue bear!
  2. (uncountable) Trivial matters; nonsense.
    • 1912, Samuel G. Blythe, The Fun of Getting Thin[3]:
      I have no mission or message or any flubdub of that kind.
    • 1915, James Branch Cabell, The Rivet in Grandfather's Neck[4]:
      Only they sent the father to the Senate and gave him columns of flubdub and laid him out in state when he died--and they poured kerosene upon the son and burned him alive.
    • 1914, Elia Wilkinson Peattie, The Precipice[5]:
      Sorrow came to her afterward, disappointment, struggle, but never so heavy and dragging a pain as she knew that Christmas Day. She had been trying in many unsuspected ways to relieve her father's grim misery,--a misery of which his gaunt face told the tale,--and although he had said that he wished for "no flubdub about Christmas," she really could not resist making some recognition of a day which found all other homes happy.