- speech or writing designed to obscure, mislead, or impress; bunkum: The claims were just a lot of malarkey.
Origin of malarkey
An Americanism dating back to 1925–30; origin uncertain
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Examples from the Web for malarkey
Hell, the man singlehandedly brought the word “malarkey” out of exile.Joe Biden’s Shotgun Approach to Politics Good for Obama Administration
February 21, 2013
Biden called him “incredible” and he was—and called him on his “malarkey” without sounding shrill or over the top.Robert Shrum on the Vice Presidential Debate: Biden’s Win Was a Big F@$&ing Deal
October 12, 2012
- slang nonsense; rubbish
C20: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for malarkey
also malarky, "lies and exaggerations," 1924, American English, of unknown origin. It also is a surname.
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