Definition of ballyhoo in English:


Syllabification: bal·ly·hoo
Pronunciation: /ˈbalēˌho͞o


Extravagant publicity or fuss: after all the ballyhoo, the film was a flop
More example sentences
  • The ballyhoo with which the film has been received has to be attributed, at least in part, to the impoverishment of field from which it springs.
  • There has been a lot of ballyhoo about all these developments, but it is worth noting that these deals will be worthless unless new legislation is passed to modernise the law on casinos.
  • With loud hurrahs from appropriate quarters and much general ballyhoo, my friend went along to that victory parade in London.
publicity, advertising, promotion, marketing, propaganda, push, puffery, buildup, boosting; fuss, excitement
informal hype, spiel, hullabaloo, splash

verb (ballyhoos, ballyhooing, ballyhooed)

[with object] chiefly North American Back to top  
Praise or publicize extravagantly: (as adjective ballyhooed) a much-ballyhooed musical extravaganza
More example sentences
  • 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.
hyped, promoted, praised, acclaimed


late 19th century: American coinage of unknown origin.

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