Definition of ballyhoo in English:


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Pronunciation: /balɪˈhuː


[mass noun]

verb (ballyhoos, ballyhooing, ballyhooed)

[with object] chiefly North American Back to top  
  • Praise or publicize extravagantly: each company ballyhoos its product as though it were the most outstanding in all creation (as adjective ballyhooed) a much-ballyhooed musical extravaganza
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    • I knew some major changes would be wrought in the film the first time I saw the trailer ballyhooing the arrival on local screens.
    • Appealingly cast, the show was much ballyhooed in its day by members of the size acceptance community.
    • At issue was a widely ballyhooed test of the razzle-dazzle, video-arcade, anti-missile-defense scheme known as Star Wars.


late 19th century: American coinage of unknown origin.

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