noun, plural bal·ly·hoos.
verb (used with or without object), bal·ly·hooed, bal·ly·hoo·ing.
Origin of ballyhoo
Synonyms for ballyhoo
Related Words for ballyhooedlaud, proclaim, praise, publicize, promote, trumpet, offer, encourage, introduce, benefit, push, further, boost, disclose, exhibit, reveal, communicate, tout, sponsor, endorse
Examples from the Web for ballyhooed
Contemporary Examples of 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
November 13, 2011
The truth of the matter is that England, for all its ballyhooed history, is a minor traditional power.Can England Forgive Robert Green?
June 13, 2010
Historical Examples of ballyhooed
The show was ballyhooed the whole week while the work went on.Prologue to an Analogue
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
Jim was stupefied to find himself once more pilloried and portraited and ballyhooed in the newspapers.We Can't Have Everything
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."