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codswallop Line breaks: cods|wal¦lop
Pronunciation: /ˈkɒdzwɒləp/

Definition of codswallop in English:


[mass noun] British informal
Nonsense: I think that’s a right load of old codswallop
More example sentences
  • Is it a spiritually enriching pursuit or load of old codswallop?
  • We could have been giving him a load of old codswallop.
  • That's actually a load of old codswallop - the Belgians brew the best beer in the world.


1960s: perhaps named after Hiram Codd, who invented a bottle for fizzy drinks (1875); the derivation remains unconfirmed.

  • Meaning ‘nonsense or drivel’, codswallop seems to be a fairly recent addition to English, with the earliest recorded use appearing in a 1959 script for the radio and TV comedy Hancock's Half Hour. It is sometimes said that the word comes from the name of Hiram Codd, who in the 1870s invented a bottle for fizzy drinks, although the evidence for this is sketchy. The wallop part may relate to the word's use as a 1930s slang term for beer or other alcoholic drink.

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