Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

malarkey

noun ma·lar·key \mə-ˈlär-kē\

Simple Definition of malarkey

  • : foolish words or ideas

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of malarkey

  1. :  insincere or foolish talk :  bunkum

Examples of malarkey in a sentence

  1. He thinks everything politicians say is just a bunch of malarkey.

  2. <the old lady declared that everything politicians say is pure malarkey>



Variants of malarkey

also

malarky

play \mə-ˈlär-kē\

Origin and Etymology of malarkey

origin unknown


First Known Use: 1929



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up malarkey? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

in the capacity or character of

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

fox-in-summer-forest

Which of these is a synonym of inchoate?

massive frightening formless experimental
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ