from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. nonsense
  • n. Speakers and writers of nonsense.

from The 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.


Origin unknown.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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  • When the herren and frauen canoodle
    Over coffee and Viennese strudel
    They play silly games,
    Or coin tender names
    And other such lovers' flapdoodle.

    March 5, 2014

  • "Who are not really sure if the sentence is Literature or whether it is just sheer flapdoodle. Stella Gibbons, Cold Comfort Farm.

    February 15, 2013

  • "The stuff on which fools are feigned to be nourished"? Century, rocking it.

    April 2, 2011

  • nonsense, foolish talk

    November 8, 2008

  • Time someone thought about it instead of gassing about the what was it the pensive bosom of the silver effulgence. Flapdoodle to feed fools on.
    Joyce, Ulysses, 8

    January 3, 2007