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ballyhoo Syllabification: bal·ly·hoo
Pronunciation: /ˈbalēˌho͞o/

Definition of ballyhoo in English:


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.
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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