noun \ˈba-lē-ˌhü\

: talk or writing that is designed to get people excited or interested in something

plural bal·ly·hoos

Full Definition of BALLYHOO

:  a noisy attention-getting demonstration or talk
:  flamboyant, exaggerated, or sensational promotion or publicity
:  excited commotion
ballyhoo transitive verb

Examples of BALLYHOO

  1. <it turned out that the ballyhoo was the result of a movie being filmed on the street>
  2. <the usual ballyhoo intended to fill the seats at megaplexes around the country>

Origin of BALLYHOO

origin unknown
First Known Use: 1901


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