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flapdoodle

[flap-dood-l] /ˈflæpˌdud l/
noun, Informal.
1.
nonsense; bosh.
Origin of flapdoodle
1820-1830
1820-30; origin uncertain
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  • Ye remember how he sashayed round newspaper offices in 'Frisco until he could write a flapdoodle story himself?

  • You're the last man I ever expected to hear that kind of flapdoodle from.

    The Three Partners Bret Harte
  • And there's no flapdoodle about him; and he never cried baby in his life.

    The Vehement Flame Margaret Wade Campbell Deland
  • Reckoning a man's life by years is the biggest sort of flapdoodle.

    How it Feels to be Fifty Ellis Parker Butler
  • Listen to me, Henry: we really haven't time for all that sort of flapdoodle now.

    How He Lied to Her Husband George Bernard Shaw
  • For the benefit of the sportsman and gun crank who want plain facts and no flapdoodle, the following statistics are offered.

    The Land of Footprints Stewart Edward White
  • Give "Tommy" a lot less music and flapdoodle, and a lot more food of good quality, and he'll think a heap more of you.

British Dictionary definitions for flapdoodle

flapdoodle

/ˈflæpˌduːdəl/
noun
1.
(slang) foolish talk; nonsense
Word Origin
C19: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for flapdoodle
n.

1833, originally "the stuff they feed fools on" [Marryat]; an arbitrary formation.

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

flapdoodle

noun

Nonsense; foolishness; baloney: He then goes on to utter other flap-doodle for the nourishment of the mind (1833+)

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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