- 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
Synonyms for ballyhooSee more synonyms for on Thesaurus.com
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
- 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 for ballyhoo
Word Origin and History for ballyhooed
"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."