ma·​lar·​key | \ mə-ˈlär-kē How to pronounce malarkey (audio) \
variants: or less commonly malarky

Definition of malarkey

: insincere or foolish talk : bunkum He thinks that everything politicians say is a bunch of malarkey.

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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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The regulations are particularly less-than-ideal for the companies—malarkey, some might say—because the city is among their largest markets. Aarian Marshall, WIRED, "Surprise! Uber and Lyft Don’t Like NYC’s New Ride-Hail Rules," 16 Aug. 2019 Boat-man 2 Hitman 2’s also got some release date malarkey going on. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Mythological Assassin's Creed monsters, Prima Games plans its last strategy guide," 9 Nov. 2018 The people who spread malarkey also often set up fake accounts or break basic community standards. Nicholas Thompson, WIRED, "Exclusive: Facebook Opens Up About False News," 23 May 2018 Two nifty 20th-century words are malarkey (1929) and gobbledygook (1944). Stephen Miller, WSJ, "What’s Another Word for Derp?," 29 May 2018 Some malarkey does get thrown into the mix: since his aims are frequently carnal, Lee’s mysticism can seem, even to him, like misdirection, or perhaps mood music. Andrew Marantz, The New Yorker, "“The Undressing”: Poetry of Passion Laid Bare," 8 May 2017 And don’t hand me any malarkey about the thrill of watching Barry Sanders and Calvin Johnson. Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press, "Why I'm quitting the Dodgers, and Detroit fans should quit the Lions," 3 Nov. 2017 One of the pillars of this collection has been color as neutral and the idea of what's appropriate and what's not is just sort of malarkey. Lauren Valenti, Marie Claire, "Sarah Jessica Parker Lets You in on a Few Secrets About Her Brand-New Shoe Line and HBO Show," 17 Apr. 2015 Wall Street’s greatest minds are conducting surveys of smartphone buyers, checking with Asian factories that make iPhone parts and doing other financial research that is impressive but also infused with malarkey. Shira Ovide, The Seattle Times, "Here’s a prediction: Apple predictions will be very wrong, again," 23 July 2017

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First Known Use of malarkey

1924, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for malarkey

origin unknown

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English Language Learners Definition of malarkey

informal : foolish words or ideas

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