Word Of The Every Other Day

blarney

 [blahr-nee]
noun
1.

flattering or wheedling talk; cajolery.
2.

deceptive or misleading talk; nonsense; hooey:

a lot of blarney about why he was broke.
verb (used with object), verb (used without object),blarneyed, blarneying.
3.

to flatter or wheedle; use blarney:

He blarneys his boss with the most shameless compliments.
Origin of blarney
1760-1770

1760-70; after the hamlet Blarney, in Ireland; seeBlarney stone

Historical Examples
  • And though Philip declared it was blarney, and was inclined to think it infradig.

    The Three Brides Charlotte M. Yonge
  • All her share of the blarney of Ireland began to roll from the mellow tip ofher tongue.

    Her Father’s Daughter Gene Stratton-Porter
  • Edith said merrily, “you must have found an Italian blarney stonesomewhere.”

    Rafael in Italy Etta Blaisdell McDonald

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