bal·​ly·​hoo | \ ˈba-lē-ˌhü How to pronounce ballyhoo (audio) \
plural ballyhoos

Definition of ballyhoo

1 : a noisy attention-getting demonstration or talk
2 : flamboyant, exaggerated, or sensational promotion or publicity
3 : excited commotion

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Other Words from ballyhoo

ballyhoo transitive verb

Examples of ballyhoo in a Sentence

it turned out that the ballyhoo was the result of a movie being filmed on the street the usual ballyhoo intended to fill the seats at megaplexes around the country
Recent Examples on the Web But having been shut out of the first two days of proceedings, as Republicans broadcast this ballyhoo through the convention’s reality distortion field, the real world started to up its game on Wednesday. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "The Republican National Convention’s War on Reality," 26 Aug. 2020 Teaming with Procter & Gamble, which released its first cold-water detergent to much ballyhoo in 2005, is a canny financial move. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "For Longer-Lasting Clothes, Science Says Use This Wash Cycle," 16 June 2020 As winter cools Gulf of Mexico and Florida Bay waters, massive schools of ballyhoo set up shop over nearshore Atlantic reefs. David A. Brown, Field & Stream, "Legendary Advice on Fishing the Florida Keys," 2 July 2020 Between showering shows, Stanczyk fishes for sailfish by trolling dead ballyhoo. David A. Brown, Field & Stream, "Legendary Advice on Fishing the Florida Keys," 2 July 2020 Intermittently, the banter and ballyhoo that results from this is serviceable, especially with the plot moving as a progressive dance in its mixing and matching of character pairs. Isaac Feldberg, Fortune, "What to watch (and skip) via VOD and Netflix this weekend," 10 Apr. 2020 On the basis of this notion, the Oscars have an element of interest and significance that extends far beyond the ballyhoo and the choices, however misguided. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "How to Make the Oscars Relevant Again," 15 Jan. 2020 Mullet and pinfish are the hardiest, with menhaden, sardines, and ballyhoo being less so. Bob Mcnally, Field & Stream, "The Ultimate Guide to Catching and Keeping Saltwater Live Bait," 2 Jan. 2020 And after much ballyhoo, it was revealed that 2019 will be the year of King Greg and King Marty. Michael Dumas,, "Show Us Your Mardi Gras Gowns: LaShe's embark on an 'Underwater Fantasy'," 7 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of ballyhoo

1901, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for ballyhoo

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The first known use of ballyhoo was in 1901

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“Ballyhoo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of ballyhoo

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

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