hog·​wash ˈhȯg-ˌwȯsh How to pronounce hogwash (audio)

Example Sentences

You wouldn't believe the hogwash he was spouting at us. the librarian told us a lot of hogwash about how you can go to jail for having overdue books
Recent Examples on the Web Next, Hu plans to test brain activation patterns in people given time to practice their lies to see if this measure can reliably discern truthful words from prepared hogwash. Adam Hadhazy, Discover Magazine, 17 Nov. 2013 Some motorcycle enthusiasts think the whole idea of trying to shush biker noise is hogwash. Susannah Bryan, Sun Sentinel, 14 May 2022 Also, please know that some pundits naively believe that self-driving cars will never get into car crashes and will apparently be crash-free, which is entirely unmitigated hogwash, see my ardent rejoinder at this link here). Lance Eliot, Forbes, 27 Jan. 2022 Through it all, Collins has remained focused on combating both the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) and the anti-science hogwash at the same time. Bruce Y. Lee, Forbes, 5 Oct. 2021 And are we supposed to sit back and accept that a certain amount of anti-democracy hogwash will come with each vote? Rex Huppke, chicagotribune.com, 15 Sep. 2021 But that’s hogwash, because a brisket by any other color would taste as good. Chuck Blount, San Antonio Express-News, 6 July 2021 The Coronado Unified School District has featured squabbling over students who want their schools to be anti-racist, and community members who dismiss such actions as critical race theory hogwash. Gustavo Arellano, Los Angeles Times, 24 June 2021 There was no more truth in any of those assertions than there is in the hogwash and hearsay tossed about by the anti-vaccinationists of 2021. John Gurda, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 31 May 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of hogwash was in the 15th century

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“Hogwash.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hogwash. Accessed 22 Mar. 2023.

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