verb (used with or without object), blar·neyed, blar·ney·ing.
- blarney stone,
- blasco ibáñez,
- blasco ibáñez, vicente,
Origin of blarney
Examples from the Web for blarney
In any event she meant to conquer Powers, and was not without reason, or precedent, in trying to see if blarney would aid threats.The Great Miss Driver|Anthony Hope
And nobody, I suppose, would now defend the wondrous stanza which was paralleled from the Groves of Blarney.Essays in English Literature, 1780-1860|George Saintsbury
Shure, 'tis all the blarney the bhoys does be givin' me is dhrivin' me away from me home.
He wanted to see the Blarney stun on top of the tower of the castle.Samantha at the World's Fair|Marietta Holley
Within the mouth, that was always distended with an ingratiating smile, dwelt in amity those heavenly twins, guile and blarney.The Lash|Olin L. Lyman
Word Origin for blarney
1796, from Blarney Stone (which is said to make a persuasive flatterer of any who kiss it), in a castle near Cork, Ireland. As Bartlett explains it, the reason is the difficulty of the feat of kissing the stone where it sits high up in the battlement: "to have ascended it, was proof of perseverence, courage, and agility, whereof many are supposed to claim the honor who never achieved the adventure." So to have kissed the Blarney Stone came to mean "to tell wonderful tales" ["Dictionary of Americanisms," 1848]. The word reached wide currency through Lady Blarney, the smooth-talking flatterer in Goldsmith's "Vicar of Wakefield" (1766). As a verb from 1803.
Smooth, flattering talk, often nonsensical or deceptive. Based on an Irish legend that those who kiss the Blarney Stone will become skilled in flattery.