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.

Example Sentences

He thinks everything politicians say is just a bunch of malarkey. the old lady declared that everything politicians say is pure malarkey
Recent Examples on the Web The Markey malarkey came on the heels of another rash Musk tweet. Steven Levy, WIRED, 18 Nov. 2022 That’s where working with the young progressive wing of the party instead of acting like their policies are a bunch of malarkey (to borrow his catchphrase) would come in handy. Lily Herman, Teen Vogue, 4 Mar. 2020 If anything, last night reinforced our campaign's anti-malarkey stance. NBC News, 4 Feb. 2020 With the caveat that such maps are, for the most part, utter malarkey, Google Trends is back at it again for this year's Super Bowl. Matt Bonesteel, Anchorage Daily News, 1 Feb. 2020 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, 16 Aug. 2019 Boat-man 2 Hitman 2’s also got some release date malarkey going on. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, 9 Nov. 2018 The people who spread malarkey also often set up fake accounts or break basic community standards. Nicholas Thompson, WIRED, 23 May 2018 Two nifty 20th-century words are malarkey (1929) and gobbledygook (1944). Stephen Miller, WSJ, 29 May 2018 See More

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Word History


origin unknown

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 9 Feb. 2023.

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