poppycock

noun
pop·​py·​cock | \ ˈpä-pē-ˌkäk How to pronounce poppycock (audio) \

Definition of poppycock

: empty talk or writing : nonsense

Examples of poppycock in a Sentence

That's a lot of poppycock! starting with the cherry tree, much of what was written by Washington's early biographers was pure poppycock
Recent Examples on the Web Skeptics pounced on the proclamation as pure poppycock—and for understandable reasons. Jacob Carpenter, Fortune, 13 May 2022 Others dismiss the idea of such a romance as poppycock. Colleen A. Sheehan, WSJ, 25 Nov. 2021 But simply passing off early losses as games that are not as important as later in the season is pure poppycock. Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com, 21 Aug. 2021 None of the poppycock from Texas politicians is of any help to the scores of Texans who spent long hours and days freezing in their homes. Star Tribune, 22 Feb. 2021 Even if that proves to be poppycock, Republicans must use one hand to keep Trump voters engaged in politics and the other hand to block Trump from remaining in control of the GOP. Gromer Jeffers Jr., Dallas News, 25 Jan. 2021 Nor is such dangerous poppycock confined to western Europe. The Economist, 12 Dec. 2020 Despite all the poppycock, the animosity, the headlines, the impeachment without a trial. NBC News, 24 Dec. 2019 But the legend lives on, and that’s not just plain poppycock. Los Angeles Times, 22 July 2019 See More

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First Known Use of poppycock

1852, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for poppycock

Dutch dialect pappekak, literally, soft dung, from Dutch pap pap + kak dung

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16 May 2022

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“Poppycock.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/poppycock. Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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