ballyhoo

noun
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

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 The parade began as a ballyhoo event for the famed retailer in Manhattan’s Herald Square in 1924. Cynthia Littleton, Variety, 26 Nov. 2021 Based on newspaper accounts of the day, in both the Globe and New York Times, the ballyhoo around Ruth’s return in April 1920 was nearly zero. BostonGlobe.com, 2 Oct. 2021 An Oscar season with less ballyhoo may not be as susceptible to lobbying, experts say. Washington Post, 23 Feb. 2021 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, 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, 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, 2 July 2020 Between showering shows, Stanczyk fishes for sailfish by trolling dead ballyhoo. David A. Brown, Field & Stream, 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, 10 Apr. 2020 See More

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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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“Ballyhoo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ballyhoo. Accessed 29 May. 2022.

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