Meaning of codswallop in English:


Pronunciation /ˈkɒdzwɒləp/

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mass noun informal British
  • Nonsense.

    • ‘I think that's a right load of old codswallop’
    • ‘Is it a spiritually enriching pursuit or load of old codswallop?’
    • ‘We could have been giving him a load of old codswallop.’
    • ‘That's actually a load of old codswallop - the Belgians brew the best beer in the world.’
    • ‘Once elected, we will ban lies, spin, sound bites, codswallop, and twaddle from all areas of government and the civil service.’
    • ‘Such anthropomorphic drivel is codswallop, no matter who says it.’
    • ‘As for his scaremongering about forced repatriation, what a load of codswallop.’
    • ‘How's that for a load of guilty conscience-fuelled, hypocritical codswallop?’
    • ‘This is totally untrue, complete and utter codswallop.’
    • ‘‘EU talk codswallop,’ thundered one tabloid headline, with fishery leaders threatening defiance of any ban.’
    • ‘This movie turns out to be the ghastliest film in the film festival's history: a sentimental dollop of codswallop that stinks up the screen.’
    • ‘But even our ‘modernising’ government now seems to be succumbing to this anachronistic codswallop.’
    • ‘It might be codswallop, but I was in bad need of positive omens.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, the book itself is regarded by genuine historians as codswallop.’
    • ‘This unspeakable piece of codswallop pretty much sums up the worst of New York journalism for me.’
    • ‘What a load of unadulterated, self serving codswallop!’
    • ‘He believed children should be allowed to read codswallop, the idea being the habit will propel them to more fortified pleasures.’
    • ‘Life is difficult enough for them without having to cope with all this codswallop as well.’
    • ‘It's all pretentious codswallop and any film that uses such dialogue is begging for critical praise.’
    • ‘If I'm right, that claim will be the purest codswallop.’
    • ‘Well, some would argue that it's codswallop to even consider that animals possess complex minds.’
    prattle, chatter, twitter, babble, talk, prating, gabble, jabber, blether, rambling


1960s perhaps named after Hiram Codd, who invented a bottle for fizzy drinks (1875); the derivation remains unconfirmed.