Definition of poppycock in English:



  • [mass noun] Nonsense.

    ‘he said I was talking poppycock’
    • ‘He said: ‘I say poppycock to claims this county is safe.’’
    • ‘All this poppycock about not having educated workforces, all this stuff about, well, you're crying protectionism, you're China-bashing.’
    • ‘It's a load of poppycock we hear talked about us, but it's a great motivational tool.’
    • ‘And all this talk of it being a man's world is pure balderdash, poppycock and gibberish.’
    • ‘Currently many people care to have discussions as if they have something to say but there is no sound when they move their lips, just a bunch of poppycock.’
    • ‘There are reports of dioxins and suchlike but that's poppycock.’
    • ‘So although that doctrine sounds wonderful, it is a lot of poppycock and codswallop to say that we should all be tolerant of everybody and should not have any standards.’
    • ‘To address all of this, I should start by saying from the offset that I view ‘summer reading’ as a load of poppycock.’
    • ‘While it is easier to cast these rumours aside as poppycock, some of them are definitely worth paying attention to.’
    • ‘And to suggest that Ireland, as a sovereign Republic, should not be entitled to lay down certain conditions for citizenship on the grounds that this might somehow be racist or unjustly discriminatory is pure poppycock.’
    • ‘Which, of course, is pure poppycock, but perhaps inevitable.’
    • ‘‘It was all absolute nonsense, complete poppycock,’ said Lennon.’
    • ‘What we hear from the provincial government that there is no money is poppycock.’
    • ‘This, of course, is poppycock, and Marx knew that full well.’
    • ‘I've got to say that it's absolute balderdash and poppycock.’
    • ‘‘It's absolute poppycock (that we demanded money from them),’ she said.’
    • ‘To a narrow-minded military man like Darling, talk of rights was poppycock.’
    • ‘It should have been called nonsense and poppycock, but it was tempting to believe it as prices just kept rocketing.’
    • ‘Therefore, when Dr Yates argues that children should start counting from zero, we know that he is attempting to popularize poppycock.’
    nonsense, rubbish, garbage, claptrap, balderdash, blather, blether, moonshine
    foolishness, silliness
    rot, tripe, hogwash, baloney, drivel, bilge, bosh, bull, bunk, guff, eyewash, piffle, phooey, hooey, malarkey, twaddle, dribble
    cobblers, codswallop, stuff and nonsense, tosh, cack
    flapdoodle, blathers, applesauce, wack, bushwa
    bunkum, tommyrot, cod, gammon, toffee
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Mid 19th century: from Dutch dialect pappekak, from pap soft + kak dung.