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or ma·lar·ky

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noun Informal.
  1. 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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hogwash, balderdash, drivel, nonsense, foolishness

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British Dictionary definitions for malarkey



  1. slang nonsense; rubbish
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Word Origin for malarkey

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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