balderdash

[ bawl-der-dash ]
/ ˈbɔl dərˌdæʃ /

noun

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

Nearby words

  1. bald-faced,
  2. bald-faced hornet,
  3. baldachin,
  4. baldad,
  5. balder,
  6. baldhead,
  7. baldheaded,
  8. baldie,
  9. balding,
  10. baldmoney

Origin of balderdash

First recorded in 1590–1600; of obscure origin

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British Dictionary definitions for balderdash

balderdash

/ (ˈbɔːldəˌdæʃ) /

noun

stupid or illogical talk; senseless rubbish

Word Origin for balderdash

C16: of unknown origin

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Word Origin and History for balderdash

balderdash

n.

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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