ballyhoo

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Etymology 1[edit]

Unknown.

Noun[edit]

ballyhoo (plural ballyhoos)

  1. Sensational or clamorous advertising or publicity.
  2. Noisy shouting or uproar.
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Verb[edit]

ballyhoo (third-person singular simple present ballyhoos, present participle ballyhooing, simple past and past participle ballyhooed)

  1. To sensationalise or make grand claims.
    • 1933Franklin D. Roosevelt, Fireside Chat (7 May)
      Industry has picked up, railroads are carrying more freight, farm prices are better, but I am not going to indulge in issuing proclamations of over-enthusiastic assurance. We cannot ballyhoo ourselves back to prosperity.
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Etymology 2[edit]

Spanish balajú

Noun[edit]

ballyhoo (plural ballyhoos)

  1. Hemiramphus brasiliensis, an inshore, surface-dwelling species of needlefish forming sizeable schools.
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Etymology 3[edit]

Possibly from Spanish balahu (schooner).

Noun[edit]

ballyhoo (plural ballyhoos)

  1. An unseaworthy or slovenly ship.

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