cods·​wal·​lop | \ ˈkȯdz-ˌwä-ləp How to pronounce codswallop (audio) , ˈkädz- \

Definition of codswallop

British, informal
: words or ideas that are foolish or untrue : nonsense The notion that Scott was waylaid by bad luck is "a lot of codswallop," said Roland Huntford, a British historian.— Kenneth Chang "Some say he died. Codswallop, in my opinion…"— J. K. Rowling … I muttered, "Yes, that's right," knowing all the while that it was a load of codswallop.— Steven Pinker

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Examples of codswallop in a Sentence

That is a load of codswallop. a trendy London restaurant serving bizarre concoctions that anyone with a brain and a stomach would dismiss as codswallop
Recent Examples on the Web Great story, total codswallop, says Skaife, who has pored through the archives and found zip. William Booth, The Seattle Times, "The secrets of the royal ravenmaster at the Tower of London," 26 Oct. 2018 And don’t forget codswallop, a word that sounds Shakespearean but was coined in 1959. Stephen Miller, WSJ, "What’s Another Word for Derp?," 29 May 2018 Mnuchin tried to double-talk this codswallop past SPW. Charles P. Pierce, Esquire, "Here's What You Get When You Put Joe Lieberman in There," 19 May 2017

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First Known Use of codswallop

1959, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for codswallop

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“Codswallop.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Apr. 2021.

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