[ muh-lahr-kee ]
/ məˈlɑr ki /
speech or writing designed to obscure, mislead, or impress; bunkum: The claims were just a lot of malarkey.
Malpractice, Malarkey, And Other Words From The Second Democratic DebateHere's our roundup of top terms that created buzz on Dictionary.com during the second Democratic debate. For the first five words, we can thank the 10 candidates from the first night of the debate on July 30, and for the second five, the remaining 10 debating on July 31.
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|John Avlon|February 21, 2013|DAILY BEAST
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|Robert Shrum|October 12, 2012|DAILY BEAST
British Dictionary definitions for malarkey
/ (məˈlɑːkɪ) /
slang nonsense; rubbish
Word Origin for malarkey
C20: of unknown origin
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