Definitions

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

  • n. Senseless talk; nonsense.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. foolish talk; nonsense.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Trivial talk; nonsense; stuff and rubbish.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. senseless talk

Etymologies

Dutch dialectal pappekak : pap, pap (from Middle Dutch pappe, perhaps from Latin pappa, food) + kak, dung (from kakken, to defecate, from Middle Dutch kacken, from Latin cacāre; see kakka- in Indo-European roots).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Dutch pappekak, from pap ("soft") + kak ("excrement"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • All of the above poppycock is a mere euphemism; for hate the black president.

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  • Apparently the word poppycock means "senseless talk" and probably originated from the Dutch who have a similar word pappekak which means "soft dung".

    No Ziggy? Poppycock or Poppyvag?

  • I guess me get too excited for my own good, but where did the word poppycock come from?

    No Ziggy? Poppycock or Poppyvag?

  • I agree with you about the word poppycock, but disagree that Simon's argument fits the term.

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  • COOPER: Candy, we don't hear the word -- the word poppycock enough, do we?

    CNN Transcript Nov 16, 2005

  • Gerry Doherty, leader of the TSSA union, and a vocal opponent of Network Rail's bonus payments, said the company's claims of record punctuality were "poppycock".

    Network Rail talks up cost savings and punctuality

  • In an attempt to thwart the onset of this condition in myself I recently caught myself using the word "poppycock", I have admitted that there is indeed still much I don't know, and have also resolved to open my mind to new knowledge.

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  • In the wake of the Twinkie defense, a representative of the ITT-owned Continental Baking Company asserted that the notion that overdosing on the cream-filled goodies could lead to murderous behavior was "poppycock" and "crap" -- apparently two of the artificial ingredients in Twinkies, along with sodium pyrophosphate and yellow dye -- while another spokesperson for ITT couldn't believe "that a rational jury paid serious attention to that issue."

    Paul Krassner: Behind the Infamous Twinkie Defense

  • Nor is it "poppycock" to deem the administration of George W. Bush distinctly different from its predecessors.

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  • To them I say "poppycock"; they are simply being selfish by wishing for no evolution and growth in Mx. And yes, some will get hurt in the process. dondon nfabq

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  • Apparently from Dutch poppekak, literally "doll's excrement," as in zo fijn als gemalen poppekak, "as fine as powdered doll's excrement" (showing excessive religious zeal, etc.).

    August 6, 2008

  • "All poppycock, you'll scuse me saying. For the hoi polloi."
    Joyce, Ulysses, 14

    January 27, 2007