Ballyhoo definition

bălē-ho͝o
A halfbeak (Hemiramphus brasiliensis) of the western Atlantic Ocean, often used as bait for saltwater fishing.
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Loud, exaggerated, or sensational advertising or propaganda.
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Sensational or clamorous advertising or publicity.
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To advertise or publicize by sensational methods.
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Loud talk; noisy uproar.
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(informal) To advertise or promote by sensational methods.
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Hemiramphus brasiliensis, an inshore, surface-dwelling species of needlefish forming sizeable schools.
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Noisy shouting or uproar.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
ballyhoo
Plural:
ballyhoos

Origin of ballyhoo

  • American Spanish balajú, balao halfbeak probably of Taíno origin

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Origin unknown

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Possibly from Spanish balahu (“schooner”).

    From Wiktionary

  • Spanish balajú

    From Wiktionary

  • Unknown.

    From Wiktionary