What does balderdash mean?

balderdash meaning in General Dictionary

to combine or adulterate as liquors

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  • A worthless combination specifically of liquors
  • trivial nonsense
  • A worthless combination, especially of liquors.
  • Senseless jargon; ribaldry; nonsense; rubbish.
  • to combine or adulterate, as liquors.

balderdash meaning in Etymology Dictionary

1590s, of unknown beginning; originally a jumbled mix of liquors (milk and beer, alcohol and wine, etc.), transferred 1670s to "senseless jumble of words." From dash; first element maybe cognate with Danish balder "noise, clatter" (see boulder).


balderdash meaning in General Dictionary

(n.) A worthless combination, especially of liquors.

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  • (n.) Senseless jargon; ribaldry; nonsense; trash.
  • (v. t.) To combine or adulterate, as liquors.