noun, plural bal·ly·hoos.
verb (used with or without object), bal·ly·hooed, bal·ly·hoo·ing.
Origin of ballyhoo
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|Jack Hitt|June 9, 2012|DAILY BEAST
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?|Josh Dzieza|March 22, 2011|DAILY BEAST
Why not hire a band, too; and get a ballyhoo to bark for your show?Rich Man, Poor Man|Maximilian Foster
If she would do the ballyhoo for a Kid Show, she would pack 'em in to bust down the sidewalls.David Lannarck, Midget|George S. Harney
Ballyhoo Gleeson was the only cowboy that had remained behind with Captain Shirril.
Well, you fall for the ballyhoo and come over to have your fling—and then you find that Paris is largely bunk.Europe After 8:15|H. L. Mencken, George Jean Nathan and Willard Huntington Wright
It struck the youth as strange that Ballyhoo should stop after starting for the dwelling.
British Dictionary definitions for ballyhoo
verb -hoos, -hooing or -hooed
Word Origin for ballyhoo
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."