flap·​doo·​dle | \ ˈflap-ˌdü-dᵊl How to pronounce flapdoodle (audio) \

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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.

Examples of flapdoodle in a Sentence

The speech was a lot of flapdoodle about the economy. a clear-eyed assessment of the problem minus the usual flapdoodle

First Known Use of flapdoodle

1878, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for flapdoodle

origin unknown

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“Flapdoodle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flapdoodle. Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of flapdoodle

chiefly US, informal : foolish words

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