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

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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 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, "The Rot on The Hill," 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, "Boris Johnson says he’s prepared for a no-deal Brexit. Critics say that’s reckless.," 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, "5 things to know about Solo: A Star Wars Story," 15 May 2018 The question is not whether these claims are balderdash. David A. Graham, The Atlantic, "Does Trump Believe His Own Hype?," 22 Oct. 2017

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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 13 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of balderdash

old-fashioned + informal : foolish words or ideas

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