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horsefeathers

Definition:

trivial nonsense

Class:

communication noun (communicative processes and contents)

Plural:

horsefeathers*
(* horsefeathers may be used in a singular or plural context)

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Synonyms:

nonsense | piffle | balderdash [informal] | fiddle-de-dee [informal, outdated] | fiddle-faddle [slang] | fiddlededee [informal, outdated] | fiddledeedee [informal, outdated] | flapdoodle [slang] | flubdub [informal]

Etymology:

"nonsense", said to have been coined by United States cartoonist Billy De Beck;...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references

Wiktionary:

horsefeathers | nonsense [synonym, sense-specific] | spats [antonym, sense-specific] | Nonsense [synonym, sense-specific]

[euphemism] Indicates disbelief. | [euphemism] Nonsense; indicates disbelief. | Long hair on lower legs of a draft horse (e.g., Clydesdale), especially the rear legs. | Feathering strips. (24 of 134 words, 4 definitions, 6 usage examples, pronunciation, 1 image)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/horsefeathers

Collins Dictionary:

horsefeathers

[United States, slang] nonsense, foolishness | [United States, slang] a term used to express disagreement, exasperation or disbelief (17 of 256 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/horsefeathers

New World Dictionary:

nonsense | balls [slang] | bushwa [United States, slang] | fiddledeedee [United States, slang] | fiddlesticks [United States, slang] | havers [British] | hooey [United States, slang] | horsefeathers [slang] | tosh [British, informal]

words or actions that convey an absurd meaning or no meaning at all | things of relatively no importance or value; trivialities | impudent, foolish, ... (23 of 86 words, 6 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/nonsense

Oxford Dictionary:

horsefeathers

Syllabification: (horse¬∑feath¬∑ers) Entry from United States Dictionary | used to express disagreement, disbelief, or frustration. (14 of 29 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/horsefeathers

Merriam-Webster:

horsefeathers [plural, slang] | nonsense [synonym] | balderdash [synonym]

"nonsense", "balderdash" (2 of 26 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/horsefeathers

Random House Dictionary:

horsefeathers [slang] | rubbish [synonym, sense-specific] | nonsense [synonym, sense-specific]

[singular, plural] something not worth considering. | rubbish; nonsense; bunk (used to express contemptuous rejection). (14 of 26 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/horsefeathers

American Heritage Dictionary:

horsefeathers

[singular] Nonsense; foolishness. | Used to express disagreement or exasperation. (9 of 19 words, 2 definitions)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/horsefeathers

Cambridge Dictionary:

nonsense | bollocks [British, offensive] | bosh [outdated] | codswallop [British, slang] | piffle [old-fashioned informal] | poppycock [old-fashioned disapproving] | tosh [old-fashioned informal]

[singular or U] an idea, something said or written, or behaviour that is silly or stupid | language which cannot be understood because it does not ... (25 of 94 words, 2 definitions, 6 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/nonsense

Macmillan British Dictionary:

piffle [uncountable, informal]

talk or ideas that are silly and full of nonsense (10 of 35 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/piffle

Wikipedia:

Nonsense

a communication, via speech, writing, or any other symbolic system, that lacks any coherent meaning. Sometimes in ordinary usage, nonsense is synonymous with absurdity or the ridiculous. Many poets, novelists and songwriters have used nonsense in their... (37 of 1431 words)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Nonsense

Nonsense (disambiguation)

an utterance or written text that does not in fact carry any identifiable meaning. Nonsense may also mean: Abstract nonsense, a term used by mathematicians to describe certain kinds of arguments and concepts in category theory | In genetics, a nonsense... (40 of 113 words, 4 definitions)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Nonsense (disambiguation)

Encarta Dictionary:

nonsense | nonsenses [plural] | horsefeathers [slang, humorous, singular]

pointless or meaningless language or behavior | disrespectful, obnoxious, or irritating behavior | Same as nonsense verse | a set of three nucleotides ... (20 of 108 words, 5 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861683721​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

horsefeathers

First use: 1928

Origin: "nonsense", said to have been coined by United States cartoonist Billy De Beck; perhaps a variant of horseshit "nonsense", though the latter is ... (24 of 28 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=horsefeathers

Wiktionary:

horsefeathers

Origin: The "nonsense" sense is horse + feathers, a nonexistent item, as only birds have feathers. Compare hen's teeth.

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/horsefeathers

American Heritage Dictionary:

horsefeathers

Origin: Alteration of "horseshit".

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/horsefeathers

Encarta Dictionary:

horsefeathers [slang, humorous, singular]

First use: Early 20th century

Origin: Alteration of horseshit

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861618788​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

horsefeathers

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "horsefeathers"

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the Free Dictionary:

horsefeathers

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "horsefeathers"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "horsefeathers"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "horsefeathers" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/horsefeathers

Google Dictionary:

horsefeathers

Audio: English pronunciation of "horsefeathers"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

horsefeathers

Audio: North American pronunciation of "horsefeathers"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=horsef​01 word=horsefeathers

YourDictionary Audio:

horsefeathers

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "horsefeathers"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/horsefeathers

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