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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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 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 Much has been the ballyhoo, and this superb show earns it. John Timpane,, "'Lights Out' at People's Light: Dulé Hill in Nat 'King' Cole's agony and ecstasy," 19 Oct. 2017 Expectations were stoked by months of hype and ballyhoo, with almost 11 million social media posts about the eclipse in the last seven days, according to Talkwalker Inc., a social media analytics company in New York. Robert Lee Hotz, WSJ, "Millions in U.S. Look Skyward During Solar Eclipse," 21 Aug. 2017 No rematch, no do-over, no more circuit of coarse promotion and ballyhoo. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "Mayweather-McGregor tells more about sports fans than it does the fighters," 27 Aug. 2017 But no-one was laughing yesterday as the ballyhoo around Amazon's garage sale triggered the latest in a series of gut-wrenching sell-offs in retail stocks. Alan Murray, Fortune, "CEO Daily: Tuesday, 11th July," 11 July 2017

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First Known Use of ballyhoo

1901, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for ballyhoo

origin unknown

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The first known use of ballyhoo was in 1901

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8 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Ballyhoo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 May. 2020.

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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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