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malarkey

or ma·lar·ky

[ muh-lahr-kee ]
/ məˈlɑr ki /
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noun Informal.

speech or writing designed to obscure, mislead, or impress; bunkum: The claims were just a lot of malarkey.

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Origin of malarkey

An Americanism dating back to 1925–30; origin uncertain
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malarkey

malarky

/ (məˈlɑːkɪ) /

noun

slang nonsense; rubbish

Word Origin for malarkey

C20: of unknown origin
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