senseless, stupid, or exaggerated talk or writing; nonsense.
Obsolete. a muddled mixture of liquors.

Origin of balderdash

First recorded in 1590–1600; of obscure origin Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for balderdash

Historical Examples of balderdash

  • I need n't read all this balderdash, mother; I 'll go on to business matters.

    Tony Butler

    Charles James Lever

  • Conn Maxwell knows better than this balderdash he's been spouting to you.

    The Cosmic Computer

    Henry Beam Piper

  • Then why all this balderdash about shock, rejection, and so on?

    Highways in Hiding

    George Oliver Smith

  • Come; that's enough; one can't listen to all this balderdash.

  • He should have been ready with argument, balderdash, or discussion of some sort.

    The Hills of Desire

    Richard Aumerle Maher

British Dictionary definitions for balderdash



stupid or illogical talk; senseless rubbish

Word Origin for balderdash

C16: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for balderdash

1590s, of unknown origin; originally a jumbled mix of liquors (milk and beer, beer and wine, etc.), transferred 1670s to "senseless jumble of words." From dash; first element perhaps cognate with Danish balder "noise, clatter" (cf. boulder).

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