or bo·lo·ney

[ buh-loh-nee ]
/ bəˈloʊ ni /


Slang. foolishness; nonsense.
Informal. bologna.


Slang. nonsense.

Nearby words

  1. balneal,
  2. balneology,
  3. balneotherapy,
  4. balochi,
  5. balon,
  6. balop,
  7. balopticon,
  8. balpa,
  9. balqash,
  10. balsa

Origin of baloney

1915–20, Americanism; 1925–30 for def 2; alteration of bologna, with substitution of -ey2 for final schwa

Can be confusedbologna baloney Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for baloney



/ (bəˈləʊnɪ) /


informal foolish talk; nonsense
mainly US another name for bologna sausage

Word Origin for baloney

C20: changed from Bologna (sausage)

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Word Origin and History for baloney



1894, variant of bologna sausage (q.v.). As slang for "nonsense," 1922, American English (popularized 1930s by N.Y. Gov. Alfred E. Smith; in this sense sometimes said to have been one of the coinages of legendary "Variety" staffer Jack Conway), from earlier sense of "idiot" (by 1915), perhaps influenced by blarney, but usually regarded as being from the sausage, as a type traditionally made from odds and ends. It also was ring slang early 20c. for an inferior fighter.

The aristocratic Kid's first brawl for sugar was had in Sandusky, Odryo, with a boloney entitled Young Du Fresne. He gave the green and nervous Kid a proper pastin' for six rounds and the disgusted Dummy sold me his find for a hundred bucks, leavin' the clubhouse just in time to miss seein' the boy get stung, get mad, and win by a knockout. [H.C. Witwer, "The Leather Pushers," "Colliers," Oct. 16, 1920]
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