[ blahr-nee ]
/ ˈblɑr ni /


flattering or wheedling talk; cajolery.
deceptive or misleading talk; nonsense; hooey: a lot of blarney about why he was broke.

verb (used with or without object), blar·neyed, blar·ney·ing.

to flatter or wheedle; use blarney: He blarneys his boss with the most shameless compliments.

Origin of blarney

1760–70; after the hamlet Blarney, in Ireland; see Blarney stone Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for blarney

/ (ˈblɑːnɪ) /


flattering talk


to cajole with flattery; wheedle

Word Origin for blarney

C19: after the Blarney Stone
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Culture definitions for blarney


Smooth, flattering talk, often nonsensical or deceptive. Based on an Irish legend that those who kiss the Blarney Stone will become skilled in flattery.

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