codswallop

[kodz-wol-uh p]

Origin of codswallop

First recorded in 1960–65; origin obscure
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British Dictionary definitions for codswallop

codswallop

noun
  1. British slang nonsense

Word Origin for codswallop

C20: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for codswallop
n.

said to be from 19c. (but first attested 1963), perhaps from wallop, British slang for "beer," and cod in one of its various senses, perhaps "testicles."

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