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[hawg-wosh, -wawsh, hog-] /ˈhɔgˌwɒʃ, -ˌwɔʃ, ˈhɒg-/
refuse given to hogs; swill.
any worthless stuff.
meaningless or insincere talk, writing, etc.; nonsense; bunk.
Origin of hogwash
1400-50; 1900-05 for def 2; late Middle English. See hog, wash Unabridged
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Examples from the web for hogwash
  • The earlier notion that the excess of vitamins are flushed out of the body is hogwash.
  • But to simply deny something, or to parrot a denial, because the conclusions do not fit an ideology that's pure hogwash.
  • Thats total hogwash and there is no evidence to support that claim.
  • All of the talk about attracting good people is hogwash.
  • The notion that healthy food is expensive is hogwash.
  • But some researchers are saying hogwash to all that.
  • What hogwash: follow that logic and nobody should fly without full details of their pilot's marriage.
  • They know that time travel is hogwash because time is not a variable, that time cannot change.
  • Her concerns about immigration are complete hogwash, though.
British Dictionary definitions for hogwash


(informal) nonsense
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Word Origin and History for hogwash

mid-15c., "slops fed to pigs," from hog (n.) + wash (n.). Extended to "cheap liquor" (1712) then to "inferior writing" (1773).

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



Empty and pretentious talk; nonsense; baloney, bullshit: It's hogwash. There's no such thing/ Bradley is too soft, too fragile. Hogslop

[first form 1882+, second 1990s+; fr the house waste fed to hogs; the date of hogslop is probably earlier; hog-slosh in the same sense is found by the 1940s]

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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