Synonyms and Antonyms of blarney
1 excessive praise <laid the blarney on thick in order to get special treatment from the waitress> Synonyms adulation, flattery, butter, flannel [British], incense, overpraise, soft soap, sweet talk, taffyRelated Words allurements, blandishments, endearments; caresses, compliments, congratulations, felicitations, greetings, regards, respects; adoration, idolatry, worship; fawning, sycophancy, toadying; cajolement, cajolery, ingratiation, smarm; acclaim, applause, commendation, praiseNear Antonyms bad-mouthing, belittlement, depreciation, detraction, disparagement, put-down
2 language, behavior, or ideas that are absurd and contrary to good sense <his excuse was his usual blarney about how he'd love to help out but he was just so darned busy> Synonyms applesauce [slang], balderdash, baloney (also boloney), beans, bilge, blah (also blah-blah), nonsense, blather, blatherskite, blither, bosh, bull [slang], bunk, bunkum (or buncombe), claptrap, codswallop [British], crapola [slang], crock, drivel, drool, fiddle, fiddle-faddle, fiddlesticks, flannel [British], flapdoodle, folderol (also falderal), folly, foolishness, fudge, garbage, guff, hogwash, hokeypokey, hokum, hoodoo, hooey, horsefeathers [slang], humbug, humbuggery, jazz, malarkey (also malarky), moonshine, muck, nerts [slang], nuts, piffle, poppycock, punk, rot, rubbish, senselessness, silliness, slush, stupidity, taradiddle (or tarradiddle), tommyrot, tosh, trash, trumpery, twaddleRelated Words absurdity, asininity, fatuity, foolery, idiocy, imbecility, inaneness, inanity, insanity, kookiness, lunacy; absurdness, craziness, madness, senselessness, witlessness; hoity-toity, monkey business, monkeyshine(s), shenanigan(s), tomfoolery; gas, hot air, rigmarole (also rigamarole); double-talk, greek, hocus-pocusNear Antonyms levelheadedness, rationality, reasonability, reasonableness, sensibleness; common sense, horse sense, sense; discernment, judgment (or judgement), wisdom
Synonyms and Antonyms of blarney
1 to get (someone) to do something by gentle urging, special attention, or flattery <attendants at the nursing home sometimes have to blarney the patients to take their medicine> Synonyms blandish, coax, cajole, palaver, soft-soap, sweet-talk, wheedleRelated Words adulate, flatter, overpraise; butter up, charm, massage, woo; beg, beseech, importune, urge; beguile, cozen, finagle, juggle, wangle, wile; entice, lure, seduce, temptNear Antonyms bug, harass, nag, pester, tease; browbeat, bulldoze, bully, cow, intimidate; coerce, compel, constrain, demand, force, make, oblige, require
2 to praise too much <an eager, young assistant who blarneys the boss shamelessly> Synonyms adulate, belaud, flatter, butter up, hero-worship, honey, massage, overpraise, puff, soft-soap, strokeRelated Words blandish, cajole, coax, sweet-talk, wheedle; fawn, kowtow, suck (up to), toady; idolize, worship; eulogize, extol (also extoll), laud, praise; applaud, commend, compliment; congratulate, felicitate; drool, gush, slaver, slobber; endear, ingratiate; court, romance, wooNear Antonyms bad-mouth, belittle, decry, depreciate, disparage, put down
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