flapdoodle

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noun flap·doo·dle \ˈflap-ˌdü-dəl\

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Examples of flapdoodle in a Sentence

  1. The speech was a lot of flapdoodle about the economy.

  2. a clear-eyed assessment of the problem minus the usual flapdoodle

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Did You Know?

Combining the letters f, d, and l is a great formula for creating funny words-witness folderol, fiddlesticks, fandangle, flamdoodle, flummadiddle, and fiddledeedee. To ascribe pedigreed origins to any of those silly syllables would be fiddle-faddle. Flapdoodle certainly can't claim high-flown ancestors. Like many of its nonsensical fellows listed above, it most likely originated as an alteration of some other absurd word (fadoodle is a candidate), but its exact origins are unknown.

Origin and Etymology of flapdoodle

origin unknown


First Known Use: 1878


FLAPDOODLE Defined for English Language Learners

flapdoodle

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Definition of flapdoodle for English Language Learners

  • : foolish words



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