poppycock

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

Definition of poppycock

: empty talk or writing : nonsense

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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 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, "Texas provides lessons on energy resilience," 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, "After 2020 debacle, Republicans look to retool as specter of Trump looms," 25 Jan. 2021 Nor is such dangerous poppycock confined to western Europe. The Economist, "Why is Europe so riddled with vaccine scepticism?," 12 Dec. 2020 Despite all the poppycock, the animosity, the headlines, the impeachment without a trial. NBC News, "Kevin Spacey posts video in what appears to be bizarre Christmas Eve tradition," 24 Dec. 2019 But the legend lives on, and that’s not just plain poppycock. Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: A crackdown on China hits U.S. academia," 22 July 2019 To those who think AI is hopeless at getting humor, the machines have one word for you: poppycock. Matthew Hutson, Science | AAAS, "Bejesus! A cockamamie AI can predict which craptacular words you’ll find funny," 17 June 2019 But the legend lives on, and that’s not just plain poppycock. Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: A crackdown on China hits U.S. academia," 22 July 2019 To those who think AI is hopeless at getting humor, the machines have one word for you: poppycock. Matthew Hutson, Science | AAAS, "Bejesus! A cockamamie AI can predict which craptacular words you’ll find funny," 17 June 2019

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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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5 Mar 2021

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“Poppycock.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/poppycock. Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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poppycock

noun

English Language Learners Definition of poppycock

informal + old-fashioned : foolish words or ideas

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