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[bawl-der-dash] /ˈbɔl dərˌdæʃ/
senseless, stupid, or exaggerated talk or writing; nonsense.
Obsolete. a muddled mixture of liquors.
Origin of balderdash
1590-1600; of obscure origin Unabridged
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Examples from the web for balderdash
  • But it is scarcely adequate compensation for the romantic balderdash that has gone before.
  • It hardly needs saying that this is complete balderdash.
  • But based on the actual statistics, this is complete balderdash.
  • But all this is ugly balderdash, which expresses not a single character nor feature.
  • They're much more useful than the reams of balderdash found in zoning codes.
  • Yes, balderdash it is and thank you for summarising my view in two words.
  • balderdash of course, there is no coherence and no chemical activity observed.
  • It takes a certain smarts to lift cash from people's wallets by selling balderdash.
  • What about outrageous claims made by scientists that either turned out to be a load of balderdash.
  • But there must be thousands who take this balderdash seriously and never ask.
British Dictionary definitions for balderdash


stupid or illogical talk; senseless rubbish
Word Origin
C16: of unknown origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for balderdash

1590s, of unknown origin; originally a jumbled mix of liquors (milk and beer, beer and wine, etc.), transferred 1670s to "senseless jumble of words." From dash; first element perhaps cognate with Danish balder "noise, clatter" (cf. boulder).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for balderdash



Nonsense!: pure balderdash

[1674+; originally denoted a frothy liquid or an unappetizing mixture of drinks]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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