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

Definition of balderdash

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 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 Then there’s Donald Glover, king of all media, who takes on the role of Lando, Han’s old frenemy, and offers a take on the character that suggests so much of his effortless cool is bluster and balderdash. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, 15 May 2018 The question is not whether these claims are balderdash. David A. Graham, The Atlantic, 22 Oct. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of balderdash

1674, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for balderdash

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“Balderdash.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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