poppycock

[ pop-ee-kok ]
/ ˈpɒp iˌkɒk /

noun

nonsense; bosh.

Nearby words

  1. poppy anemone,
  2. poppy day,
  3. poppy family,
  4. poppy red,
  5. poppy seed,
  6. poppyhead,
  7. pops,
  8. popsicle,
  9. popster,
  10. popstrel

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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British Dictionary definitions for poppycock

poppycock

/ (ˈpɒpɪˌkɒk) /

noun

informal senseless chatter; nonsense

Word Origin for poppycock

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

poppycock

n.

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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