Definition of hogwash in English:



mass nouninformal
  • Nonsense.

    • ‘But he said in a telephone interview Sunday that the written memo ‘was hogwash.’’
    • ‘The story and particularly the ending is utter hogwash, making no sense in relation to the rest of the film and offering no kind of satisfying conclusion to the story.’
    • ‘The frequently repeated notion that ‘things were very different back then’ is plain hogwash.’
    • ‘As you can see, all this advice being offered by these so-called ‘online experts’ is nothing but hogwash and claptrap.’
    • ‘So don't give us that hogwash about jobs anymore.’
    • ‘All this stuff about the need to be ‘relevant’ is just a bunch of hogwash to me which puts strategy ahead of substance.’
    • ‘Rivers and streams are being paved everywhere, the general justification being flood control, when in fact it's hogwash.’
    • ‘Trust me, these ‘get rich quick’ advertisements are pure bull, guff and hogwash!’
    • ‘This is hogwash and this isn't true.’
    • ‘Normally I'd consider that dangerous hogwash, but sometimes, sometimes I do wonder.’
    • ‘It was a big group of writers who created this hogwash under a common name.’
    • ‘The real hogwash commenced after results started pouring in.’
    • ‘They would tell me if they thought something was just hogwash, or if they were completely dissatisfied by an answer - or a question.’
    • ‘Everybody who's actually seen the movie loves it and says the charge of anti-Semitism is hogwash.’
    • ‘People seem to believe hogwash if it validates some notion they cherish.’
    • ‘It's a hysteria which makes otherwise perfectly intelligent people go on television and talk utter hogwash.’
    • ‘Nebraskans are a commonsensical lot, and they know hogwash when they hear it.’
    • ‘8.20: Well that was a waste of time. Bit of smoke, a few sparks, but basically a load of hogwash.’
    • ‘But to suggest the new legislation denies them their democratic rights is hogwash.’
    • ‘It's hogwash to try and persuade the third world of football that ambition will see them through some day.’
    prattle, chatter, twitter, babble, talk, prating, gabble, jabber, blether, rambling
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Mid 15th century: from hog + wash; the original sense was ‘kitchen swill for pigs’.