Definition of baloney in English:



  • 1mass noun Foolish or deceptive talk; nonsense.

    ‘I don't buy it—it's all a load of baloney’
    • ‘Just when it looked like the magic of the cup was being exposed as a load of old baloney, the substitute required only three minutes to underline his faith in it.’
    • ‘I might consider myself a spiritual person - if someone could offer me a coherent definition of the term - but I'm basically an atheist, and feel wholly detached from all this heated baloney.’
    • ‘This thing about them not going well is a load of baloney.’
    • ‘Our ‘content’ should be at all times inept, obscure, bluff, diatribe, baloney, codswallop or at worst irrelevant.’
    • ‘No nonsense, no baloney, not a lot of fanfare, and it's proceeding very quickly.’
    • ‘It has failed, it is a hoax, and it is a load of baloney.’
    • ‘All that Architectural Space Social Engineering stuff that was so optimistically babbled about back when I sweated through my lectures all those years ago was, and always will be, baloney.’
    • ‘When the truth comes out about these charges against me, people will find out all this baloney doesn't stand.’
    • ‘I'm filling in any factual gaps w / baloney, but the story goes something like this: maybe something like 200 healthy laboratory rats were inadvertently thrown out at the dump.’
    • ‘‘Clump of cells’ is baloney, as I have argued in my article ‘What Does It Mean to Be Human?’’
    • ‘The explanation that the public isn't really interested is pure baloney.’
    • ‘Essentially, the charter is just a load of baloney.’
    • ‘It's called postmodernism and, among other things, it claims that all ideas are relative, that all science is baloney and that pretty much any reality is just a ‘social construct.’’
    • ‘Well I don't quite get Ancram's point, but I do get the Indy's, and it is a typical piece of baloney.’
    • ‘Economists who claim it is already the second largest in the world are talking baloney and not using real dollars to measure the economy but an economist's dream called parity purchasing power.’
    • ‘Based on my own experience, I think that's a load of baloney.’
    • ‘‘The argument's baloney,’ Scott snaps, displaying a rare flash of irritation.’
    • ‘‘That's the biggest load of baloney,’ Cantor said.’
    • ‘Their decision tells my critics, ‘You're full of baloney!’’
    • ‘The mainstream media swallow spin and purvey it according to the adage, ‘If you can't dazzle them with brilliance, baffle them with baloney.’’
    prattle, chatter, twitter, babble, talk, prating, gabble, jabber, blether, rambling
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  • 2North American

    variant of bologna
    • ‘I didn't realise that everybody else was eating baloney sandwiches.’
    • ‘My position was put at risk after I put a baloney sandwich into, what I seem to be aware of now, a ‘dairy only’ shared toaster, near which there are no signs of warning.’
    • ‘Well, folks, it's nowhere near as hard as trying to unwrap a baloney and cheese sandwich or open a bag of Fritos.’
    • ‘The bread was dark and thick, baked by an Italian mother in Brooklyn, bread firm enough to hold slices of a rich baloney, layered with slices of tomato, onions and peppers, drizzled with olive oil and charged with a tongue-dazzling relish.’
    • ‘And provided you don't come foisting your legumes on me, I won't slap you with my baloney.’
    • ‘Some of the entries are several-page stories, while others are simply five-word lists that say it all: ‘Beer, meat, dog food, baloney.’’
    • ‘She was eating her usual meal, a baloney sandwich, an apple, a soda, and a two-pack cupcake.’
    • ‘Mr. Watson is dead now but I still love this record, especially the part where he's in the baloney section of the grocery store complaining about the prices.’
    • ‘C'mon, he threw baloney on her kitchen ceiling!’
    • ‘If you are lucky, you may have had the rough equivalent of a baloney sandwich a day.’
    • ‘We'll split the baloney sandwich, but I got dibs on the chips!’
    • ‘Then, what is required is that the guest munch on a small hunk of baloney, toss back a shot of screech (a local alcoholic beverage that warms the belly fast), and, to seal the deal one must kiss a cod.’
    • ‘Unwrapping my baloney sandwich and taking a bite, I tried peeking over the stone edge, trying to get into a good position where I could watch Oz in peace without his friends spotting me.’
    • ‘Joe ordered two packs of baloney from the store with the intention that we could save big money and use some for lunchmeat, so earlier this week I obligingly made myself a sandwich to take to work.’
    • ‘Mortodella (from which we get our boloney) comes from Bologna.’
    • ‘The one mistake I made was actually tasting some of the baloney.’
    • ‘Paula and Cindy made up little songs about white bread and baloney; Daphne hummed the same Outkast line ad nauseam, and I rhapsodized about the Indian food I'd eat when I left.’
    • ‘If I give you a pound of baloney, a loaf of bread and a table to eat it on, I don't hold you anymore.’


1920s: baloney (sense 1) said to be a corruption of bologna.