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[buh-loh-nee] /bəˈloʊ ni/
Slang. foolishness; nonsense.
Informal. bologna.
Slang. nonsense.
Also, boloney.
1915-20, Americanism; 1925-30 for def 2; alteration of bologna, with substitution of -ey2 for final schwa
Can be confused
bologna, baloney. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for baloney
  • When critics say there is no high fashion, that's baloney.
  • Pulling off the dried-on baloney rips the paint off.
  • One is that his indignation was so obviously baloney.
  • All the explanations otherwise are handwaving baloney.
  • The fast-food excuse really is a baloney excuse for obesity.
  • Most of the comments here are the typical cultural baloney.
  • The article is a bunch of unsubstantiated baloney blaming global warming for many other changes to various animals environments.
  • Glamour is phony baloney sliced off for the purpose of giving enjoyment.
British Dictionary definitions for baloney


(informal) foolish talk; nonsense
(mainly US) another name for bologna sausage
Word Origin
C20: changed from Bologna (sausage)
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Word Origin and History for baloney

1894, variant of bologna sausage (q.v.). As slang for "nonsense," 1922, American English (popularized 1930s by N.Y. Gov. Alfred E. Smith; in this sense sometimes said to have been one of the coinages of legendary "Variety" staffer Jack Conway), from earlier sense of "idiot" (by 1915), perhaps influenced by blarney, but usually regarded as being from the sausage, as a type traditionally made from odds and ends. It also was ring slang early 20c. for an inferior fighter.

The aristocratic Kid's first brawl for sugar was had in Sandusky, Odryo, with a boloney entitled Young Du Fresne. He gave the green and nervous Kid a proper pastin' for six rounds and the disgusted Dummy sold me his find for a hundred bucks, leavin' the clubhouse just in time to miss seein' the boy get stung, get mad, and win by a knockout. [H.C. Witwer, "The Leather Pushers," "Colliers," Oct. 16, 1920]

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Slang definitions & phrases for baloney


  1. Nonsense; pretentious talk; bold and deceitful absurdities; applesauce, bullshit, hooey: No matter how you slice it, it's still baloney
  2. A stupid person: You dumb baloney

: And don't try to baloney me, either

[late 1920s+, perhaps fr Irish balonie, ''nonsense''; about 1920 the word meant ''an unskilled boxer; palooka'']

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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