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Definition of "ballyhoo" [bal•ly•hoo]

  • Sensational or clamorous advertising or publicity. (noun)
  • Noisy shouting or uproar. (noun)
  • To advertise or publicize by sensational methods. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "ballyhoo" in a sentence
  • "The next town we come to there was a county fair, and the doctor run acrost an old pal of his'n who had a show on the grounds and wanted to hire him fur what he called a ballyhoo man."
  • "That, I venture to say, when the "ballyhoo" is stripped off, is the object of the "New Deal.""
  • "Or are you just objecting to the ballyhoo, which is predictable from any opposition party in Parliament even the CPC, if the shoe were on the other foot."