Piffle vs Hokey - What's the difference?

piffle | hokey |


As a noun piffle

is nonsense, foolish talk.

As a verb piffle

is to act or speak in a futile, ineffective, or nonsensical manner.

As an adjective hokey is

(us|colloquial) phony, as if a hoax; noticeably contrived; of obviously flimsy credibility or quality.

piffle

English

Noun

(-)
  • Nonsense, foolish talk.
  • * 1998 , The Economist, Walking: More than gadding about
  • The wafflier the piffle , the more sharply Mr Nicholson wields his skewer.

    Synonyms

    * See also

    Verb

    (piffl)
  • To act or speak in a futile, ineffective, or nonsensical manner.
  • To waste, to fritter away.
  • Synonyms

    * (act or speak in a futile manner) trifle, twaddle

    References

    hokey

    English

    Alternative forms

    * hokie, hoaky, hoky

    Adjective

    (er)
  • (US, colloquial) phony, as if a hoax; noticeably contrived; of obviously flimsy credibility or quality
  • * When asked for his book report, Chad came up a series of hokier''' and '''hokier excuses, until he finally admitted that he hadn’t done it at all.
  • * I thought the bargain-priced windshield wiper blades were a little hokey when I saw their cheap packaging, but when they flew off the end of the wiper during a rainstorm, I knew for sure.
  • (US, colloquial) corny; overly or unbelievably sentimental
  • * Terry hated going to the cinema with Pat, as Pat always chose hokey romantic comedies that made Terry want to gag.
  • Synonyms

    * (fake) phony * (sentimental) cheesy, corny, kitschy

    See also

    * hokey-cokey * hokey-pokey * hokeypokey * hokey-tokey