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  1. nonsense; bosh.

Origin of poppycock

1840–50, Americanism; perhaps <Dutch pappekak, equivalent to pappe-pap1 + kak excrement

Other words for poppycock

Other words from poppycock

  • pop·py·cock·ish, adjective

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How to use poppycock in a sentence

  • It happened on the same day Jack Phelan, a coach Gallagher adored, died suddenly at 66 after a lifetime that included being the man who ushered Hartford into Division I in 1981, back when many saw that idea as poppycock.

  • There's too much of the poppycock—too many of those long-haired, long-winded donkeys playing the miniature creator for my taste.

  • The Waif was no poppycock yacht, built to dodge about the Solent and run for Cowes if the wind blew a capful.

    The White Waterfall | James Francis Dwyer
  • "I knew he'd talked a lot of poppycock about a man who was still living having been shot to death," Whitburn retorted.

    The Edge of the Knife | Henry Beam Piper
  • Billy Stark, coming in at the door, thought that sounded like poppycock, but Electra knew it was the wisdom of the chosen.

    Rose MacLeod | Alice Brown
  • Has he really got these ideas—the ambitious poppycock that you talked about?

    The Exiles of Faloo | Barry Pain

British Dictionary definitions for poppycock


/ (ˈpɒpɪˌkɒk) /

  1. informal senseless chatter; nonsense

Origin of poppycock

C19: from Dutch dialect pappekak, literally: soft excrement, from pap soft + kak dung; see pap 1

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