noun Informal.

nonsense; bosh.

Origin of flapdoodle

First recorded in 1820–30; origin uncertain
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Examples from the Web for flapdoodle

Contemporary Examples of flapdoodle

  • But instead we are getting the flapdoodle campaign, in which more and more ado is made about less and less.

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    The Flapdoodle Campaign

    Megan McArdle

    October 23, 2012

Historical Examples of flapdoodle

  • You're the last man I ever expected to hear that kind of flapdoodle from.

  • Reckoning a man's life by years is the biggest sort of flapdoodle.

    How it Feels to be Fifty

    Ellis Parker Butler

  • Listen to me, Henry: we really haven't time for all that sort of flapdoodle now.

    How He Lied to Her Husband

    George Bernard Shaw

  • And there's no flapdoodle about him; and he never cried baby in his life.

    The Vehement Flame

    Margaret Wade Campbell Deland

  • For the benefit of the sportsman and gun crank who want plain facts and no flapdoodle, the following statistics are offered.

    The Land of Footprints

    Stewart Edward White

British Dictionary definitions for flapdoodle



slang foolish talk; nonsense

Word Origin for flapdoodle

C19: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for flapdoodle

1833, originally "the stuff they feed fools on" [Marryat]; an arbitrary formation.

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