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[pop-ee-kok] /ˈpɒp iˌkɒk/
nonsense; bosh.
Origin of poppycock
1840-50, Americanism; perhaps < Dutch pappekak, equivalent to pappe- pap1 + kak excrement
Related forms
poppycockish, adjective
balderdash, bunk, hogwash, rubbish. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for poppycock
Historical Examples
  • "That's poppycock," Mason replied, flinging away his cigarette.

    The Long Voyage Carl Richard Jacobi
  • Tweedledee is right, everything else to the contrary is poppycock.'

    Erik Dorn

    Ben Hecht
  • It is all poppycock to say that education can make a gentleman; don't you think so?

    The Copper Princess Kirk Munroe
  • poppycock,” said Hudson, briefly, and resumed his cogitation.

  • "poppycock," whispered Shelby to Carlotta, as he held her hand.

    The Come Back Carolyn Wells
  • The poppycock's a fowl of English breed, And therefore many think him fine indeed.

    A Phenomenal Fauna Carolyn Wells
  • Then it was all poppycock, two cents a word for minimum rate and payment upon acceptance.

    Martin Eden Jack London
  • From all the poppycock Anglice bosh you talked about poker, I'd ha' played a straight game, and skinned you.

    American Notes Rudyard Kipling
  • “That is all poppycock,” exclaimed Compton, rather more irritably than was usual with him.

    The Efficiency Expert Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • The whole business is poppycock, in my opinion, and the sooner this bubble bursts the better.

British Dictionary definitions for poppycock


(informal) senseless chatter; nonsense
Word Origin
C19: from Dutch dialect pappekak, literally: soft excrement, from pap soft + kak dung; see pap1
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Word Origin and History for poppycock

1865, American English, probably from Dutch dialect pappekak, from Middle Dutch pappe "soft food" (see pap) + kak "dung," from Latin cacare "to excrete" (see caca).

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Slang definitions & phrases for poppycock



Nonsense; foolishness

[1865+; apparently fr Dutch pappekak, ''soft dung'']

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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