bal·​der·​dash ˈbȯl-dər-ˌdash How to pronounce balderdash (audio)

Examples of balderdash in a Sentence

a combat veteran himself, he could not believe the balderdash he was hearing from whippersnappers with no war experience at all
Recent Examples on the Web While schools do exist in rough tiers of selectivity, size, excellence, prestige and so forth, the idea of precise rankings is balderdash. David M. Perry, CNN, 14 Sep. 2022 With that in mind, the experts look at Cannon’s decision and see balderdash everywhere. Jason Linkins, The New Republic, 12 Sep. 2022 Declaring himself a victim is not just hyperbole or balderdash. Robin Givhan, Washington Post, 9 Aug. 2022 Many experts in finance and digital security have been watching with dismay as consumers and policymakers bought in to promoters’ balderdash. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 16 June 2022 Sorry to say, that is unmitigated balderdash and completely misleading. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 1 Oct. 2021 The popular myth of important artists being neglected in their lifetimes is for the most part balderdash. Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker, 19 July 2021 The Hill, however, was a happy home for this balderdash, thanks to the famously lax editorial standards that suffuse the paper’s operations. Libby Watson, The New Republic, 27 Sep. 2019 Bank of England Governor Mark Carney said Johnson’s contention that Britain could continue to breeze along with its current free-trade arrangement with Europe after a no-deal departure was balderdash. Washington Post, 6 July 2019 See More

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Word History


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First Known Use

1674, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of balderdash was in 1674

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“Balderdash.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

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