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 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 For a website that proclaims it is providing the truth and nothing but the facts, this line about the tax cuts and economic growth is poppycock. Glenn Kessler, Washington Post, "N.D. Republican’s Senate campaign ‘fact-checking’ website promotes false claim on CBO estimates," 18 June 2018

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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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26 Jan 2020

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“Poppycock.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/poppycock. Accessed 22 Feb. 2020.

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poppycock

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English Language Learners Definition of poppycock

informal + old-fashioned : foolish words or ideas

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