pop·​py·​cock ˈpä-pē-ˌkäk How to pronounce poppycock (audio)
: 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
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Word History


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

First Known Use

1852, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of poppycock was in 1852

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Cite this Entry

“Poppycock.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/poppycock. Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

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