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  1. nonsense; bosh.
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Origin of poppycock

1840–50, Americanism; perhaps < Dutch pappekak, equivalent to pappe- pap1 + kak excrement
Related formspop·py·cock·ish, adjective


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Historical Examples

  • "That's poppycock," Mason replied, flinging away his cigarette.

    The Long Voyage

    Carl Richard Jacobi

  • Tweedledee is right, everything else to the contrary is Poppycock.'

    Erik Dorn

    Ben Hecht

  • It is all poppycock to say that education can make a gentleman; don't you think so?

  • Poppycock,” said Hudson, briefly, and resumed his cogitation.

  • "Poppycock," whispered Shelby to Carlotta, as he held her hand.

    The Come Back

    Carolyn Wells

British Dictionary definitions for poppycock


  1. informal senseless chatter; nonsense
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Word Origin

C19: from Dutch dialect pappekak, literally: soft excrement, from pap soft + kak dung; see pap 1
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Word Origin and History for poppycock


1865, American English, probably from Dutch dialect pappekak, from Middle Dutch pappe "soft food" (see pap) + kak "dung," from Latin cacare "to excrete" (see caca).

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