blarney

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noun blar·ney \ˈblär-nē\

Definition of blarney

  1. 1 :  skillful flattery :  blandishment

  2. 2 :  nonsense, humbug

blarney

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Examples of blarney in a Sentence

  1. She was charmed by his blarney.

  2. a tale with more than a hint of blarney

Did You Know?

The village of Blarney in County Cork, Ireland, is home to Blarney Castle, and in the southern wall of that edifice lies the famous Blarney Stone. Legend has it that anyone who kisses the Blarney Stone will gain the gift of skillful flattery, but that gift must be attained at the price of some limber maneuvering - you have to lie down and hang your head over a precipice to reach and kiss the stone. One story claims the word blarney gained popularity as a word for flattery after Queen Elizabeth I of England used it to describe the flowery (but apparently less than honest) cajolery of McCarthy Mor, who was then the lord of Blarney Castle.

Origin and Etymology of blarney

Blarney stone, a stone in Blarney Castle, near Cork, Ireland, held to bestow skill in flattery on those who kiss it


First Known Use: 1780


Blarney

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geographical name Blar·ney \ˈblär-nē\

Definition of Blarney

  1. town in County Cork, southwestern Ireland population 1952


BLARNEY Defined for English Language Learners

blarney

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noun blar·ney \ˈblär-nē\

Definition of blarney for English Language Learners

  • : talk that is not true but that is nice and somewhat funny and that may be used to trick you



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