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Examples of blarney in a Sentence
She was charmed by his blarney.
a tale with more than a hint of blarney
Recent Examples of blarney from the Web
Breakfast will bring out the blarney in even the groggiest guest.
One thing, however, that decidedly is not blarney is the Irish love of all things potato, and dishes for the holiday are definitely potato-centric.
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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
First Known Use: 1780See Words from the same year
Synonymsadulation, flattery, butter, flannel [British], incense, overpraise, soft soap, sweet talk, taffy
Related Wordsallurements, blandishments, endearments; caresses, compliments, congratulations, felicitations, greetings, regards, respects; adoration, idolatry, worship; fawning, sycophancy, toadying; cajolement, cajolery, ingratiation, smarm; acclaim, applause, commendation, praise
Near Antonymsbad-mouthing, belittlement, depreciation, detraction, disparagement, put-down
Definition of Blarney
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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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