American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Slang Foolish talk; nonsense: "Behind the tourist flap-doodle, authentic [Key West] cooking is produced by the descendants of Bahamian English and Cubans, who migrated to this coral reef over a century ago” ( Betty Fussell).
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The stuff on which fools are feigned to be nourished; food for fools.
- n. Transparent pretense or nonsense, as gross flattery, nonsensical talk, or foolish boasting.
- n. uncountable nonsense
- n. countable Speakers and writers of nonsense.
- Origin unknown. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“But when an imported greenhorn dares to call his flapdoodle mixture 'Californian,' it is an insult to the State that has produced the gifted 'Yellow Hammer,' whose lofty flights have from time to time dazzled our readers in the columns of the 'Jay Hawk.”
“But Being and Time cannot be dismissed as "flapdoodle" on the grounds of biography alone.”
“So ended what has grandiloquently been termed "an Australian engagement," which, I may add, is just the kind of flapdoodle our troopers do not want.”
“You're the last man I ever expected to hear that kind of flapdoodle from.”
“After years of ruinous government profligacy on every citizen-demanded flapdoodle—from a Frisbee golf course in Austin, Texas, to West Virginia's Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing—Americans view both parties with disdain.”
“In an effort to sanitize Paramount's portrait of a demimondaine, the studio publicity department churned out reams of flapdoodle, defining Holly as a "kook" rather than a B-girl.”
“At the time everyone thought the claim was "sheer mystical flapdoodle," as one American expert termed it.”
“Biden emphatically rejected what he rightly called the "unitary executive" theory of the presidency -- the flapdoodle cooked up by David Addington and John Yoo to legitimize torture and a host of other unseemly policies pursued by the Bush administration.”
“I remember getting annoyed with the "plagiarism" flapdoodle.”
“If it comes from Clark, that will just revive the whole Bob Shieffer generated flapdoodle, and no matter how reasonable Clark happened to be about that issue, it got turned into something that probably damaged Obama rather than McCain.”
These user-created lists contain the word ‘flapdoodle’.
Those great mashup words that sound like somebody's grampa made them up.
Synonyms of "nonsense"
Of low worth or little importance.
Unwanted matter by drusky is a nice, related list.
Words that I like.
Many may be lexicographically impotent due to a lack of citations and definition. Hopefully I'll be able to rectify this eventually.
From the novel by Stella Gibbons
Some of these were taken from older literature and have fallen out of use in the past few decades, but many are still used today in the same way they were used a century ago. By no means a compreh...
... as in "by James Joyce"
Just plain fun to say and wonder about their origins.
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