ma·​lar·​key mə-ˈlär-kē How to pronounce malarkey (audio)
variants or less commonly malarky
: insincere or foolish talk : bunkum
He thinks that everything politicians say is a bunch of malarkey.

Examples of malarkey in a Sentence

He thinks everything politicians say is just a bunch of malarkey. the old lady declared that everything politicians say is pure malarkey
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Word History


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First Known Use

1923, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of malarkey was in 1923

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“Malarkey.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

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