poppycock


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pop·py·cock

 (pŏp′ē-kŏk′)
n.
Senseless talk; nonsense.

[Perhaps from an unattested American colonial Dutch use of Dutch poppekak, doll's excrement (in contemporary Dutch, found mostly in variants of the expression zo fijn als gemalen poppekak, excessively pious (literally, as fine as powdered doll's excrement)) : pop, doll (from Middle Dutch poppe, from Vulgar Latin *puppa, from Latin pūpa) + kak, excrement (from kakken, to defecate, from Middle Dutch kacken, from Latin cacāre; see kakka- in Indo-European roots).]

poppycock

(ˈpɒpɪˌkɒk)
n
informal senseless chatter; nonsense
[C19: from Dutch dialect pappekak, literally: soft excrement, from pap soft + kak dung; see pap1]

pop•py•cock

(ˈpɒp iˌkɒk)

n.
nonsense; foolishness.
[1840–50, Amer.; perhaps < Dutch pappekak=pappe- pap1 + kak excrement]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.poppycock - senseless talk; "don't give me that stuff"
hokum, meaninglessness, nonsense, nonsensicality, bunk - a message that seems to convey no meaning
jargon, lingo, patois, argot, vernacular, slang, cant - a characteristic language of a particular group (as among thieves); "they don't speak our lingo"

poppycock

noun (Informal) nonsense, rubbish, balls (taboo slang), bull (slang), shit (taboo slang), pants (informal), rot, crap (slang), garbage (informal), trash, bunk (informal), bullshit (taboo slang), hot air (informal), tosh (slang, chiefly Brit.), babble, bollocks (Brit. taboo slang), pap, cobblers (Brit. taboo slang), bilge (informal), drivel, twaddle, tripe (informal), gibberish, guff (slang), moonshine, baloney (informal), gobbledegook (informal), hogwash, hokum (slang, chiefly U.S. & Canad.), bunkum (chiefly U.S.), piffle (informal), balderdash, bosh (informal), eyewash (informal), hooey (slang), tommyrot, horsefeathers (U.S. slang) Experts dismiss this explanation as poppycock.

poppycock

noun
Translations

poppycock

[ˈpɒpɪkɒk] Npaparruchas fpl, tonterías fpl
poppycock!¡paparruchas!

poppycock

[ˈpɒpikɒk] nbalivernes fplPoppy Day (British) njour m de l'Armisticepoppy seed ngraine f de pavotpop quiz n (US)interrogation f (écrite) surprisePopsicle® [ˈpɒpsɪkəl] n (US) (= ice lolly) → glace f à l'eaupop singer nchanteur/euse m/f poppop socks npl (British)mi-bas mpl (fins)pop song nchanson f poppop star npop star f

poppycock

n (dated inf)Unsinn m, → Blödsinn m (inf)

poppycock

[ˈpɒpɪˌkɒk] n (fam) → scempiaggini fpl
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Again that is an absolute load of poppycock," the Seasiders manager said.
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