- a clamorous and vigorous attempt to win customers or advance any cause; blatant advertising or publicity.
- clamor or outcry.
- a halfbeak, Hemiramphus brasiliensis, inhabiting both sides of the Atlantic Ocean.
- to advertise or push by ballyhoo.
Origin of ballyhoo
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Examples from the Web for ballyhooed
None of the candidates in the ballyhooed “commander-in-chief debate” in South Carolina offered a very commanding performance.Republican Debate Shows a Snoozy Field Stymied by Obama
November 13, 2011
The truth of the matter is that England, for all its ballyhooed history, is a minor traditional power.Can England Forgive Robert Green?
June 13, 2010
The show was ballyhooed the whole week while the work went on.Prologue to an Analogue
I confessed how I ballyhooed at the door of an embroidery shop whenever a ship loosed English passengers for a two-hour visit.Where the Pavement Ends
Jim was stupefied to find himself once more pilloried and portraited and ballyhooed in the newspapers.We Can't Have Everything
- a noisy, confused, or nonsensical situation or uproar
- sensational or blatant advertising or publicity
- (tr) mainly US to advertise or publicize by sensational or blatant methods
Word Origin and History for ballyhooed
"publicity, hype," 1908, from circus slang, "a short sample of a sideshow" (1901), of unknown origin. There is a village of Ballyhooly in County Cork, Ireland. In nautical lingo, ballahou or ballahoo (1867, perhaps 1836) meant "an ungainly vessel," from Spanish balahu "schooner."