- 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 ballyhoo
However, beneath the ballyhoo of this expensive charade, a lot is changing.Jack Hitt Examines Why Amateurs Are the Job Creators
June 9, 2012
They should "not enable some widow or mother to say that her son was killed in an operation called 'Bunnyhug' or 'Ballyhoo.'"Why Is the Libya War Called Operation Odyssey Dawn?
March 22, 2011
With a bait like a ballyhoo or a shiner I could get ten bites to one with mullet.Tales of Fishes
The ballyhoo upon the elevated platform without had been completed.Sundry Accounts
Irvin S. Cobb
In the first place the ballyhoo advertisers have shouted the public deaf.The Book of Business Etiquette
Why, once he took a job as a ballyhoo at a show on the Bowery in Coney Island.Ruth Fielding Down East
Alice B. Emerson
Why not hire a band, too; and get a ballyhoo to bark for your show?Rich Man, Poor Man
- 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 ballyhoo
"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."