blar·​ney | \ ˈblär-nē How to pronounce blarney (audio) \

Definition of blarney

1 : skillful flattery : blandishment

Other Words from blarney

blarney verb

Examples of blarney in a Sentence

She was charmed by his blarney. a tale with more than a hint of blarney
Recent Examples on the Web After years of listening to Boris Johnson’s blarney, many Britons have had their fill, at least for now, of hot air cleverly channelled. John Cassidy, The New Yorker, 7 Sep. 2022 This might come as a surprise given the outsized and blarney-filled headlines on social media to the contrary. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 4 June 2022 Menu: soda bread with Irish whiskey butter and fried cabbage and rashers; pork bangers and Irish colcannon with red onion gravy and blarney stones and Irish bananas. Gege Reed, The Courier-Journal, 9 Mar. 2022 The blarney is still strong here (lapsing into Irish dialect is an occupational hazard of reading him), but these characters also act. Los Angeles Times, 18 Feb. 2022 Around the Cedars campus and among the Ross neighbors, Mulligan was known for his blarney, with a joke and a laugh for everyone. Sam Whiting, San Francisco Chronicle, 11 Nov. 2021 The result feels like a film filtered less through real life than the rosy lens of sentiment and memory: a soft-focus Irish fairy tale bathed in love and blarney and a whole lot of warbling Van Morrison. Leah Greenblatt,, 4 Sep. 2021 The 36-year Senate veteran with a touch of the Irish blarney and the on-message, one-term senator took time to warm to each other. Rob Crilly, Washington Examiner, 19 Mar. 2021 These reasons for opposing this vanguard of Warren/Sanders/Harris socialism, for objecting to this doddering culmination of a half-century of hackery and blarney, elicit varying degrees of disqualification and rage-inducement. Jack Fowler, National Review, 30 Oct. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of blarney

1780, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for blarney

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

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“Blarney.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Oct. 2022.

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Blarney geographical name

Blar·​ney | \ ˈblär-nē How to pronounce Blarney (audio) \

Definition of Blarney

town in County Cork, southwestern Ireland population 1952

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