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 ballyhooed
None of the candidates in the ballyhooed “commander-in-chief debate” in South Carolina offered a very commanding performance.Republican Debate Shows a Snoozy Field Stymied by Obama|Jacob Heilbrunn|November 13, 2011|DAILY BEAST
The truth of the matter is that England, for all its ballyhooed history, is a minor traditional power.
I confessed how I ballyhooed at the door of an embroidery shop whenever a ship loosed English passengers for a two-hour visit.Where the Pavement Ends|John Russell
Jim was stupefied to find himself once more pilloried and portraited and ballyhooed in the newspapers.We Can't Have Everything|Rupert Hughes
The show was ballyhooed the whole week while the work went on.Prologue to an Analogue|Leigh Richmond
verb -hoos, -hooing or -hooed
Word Origin 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."