- speech or writing designed to obscure, mislead, or impress; bunkum: The claims were just a lot of malarkey.
Origin of malarkey
An Americanism dating back to 1925–30; origin uncertain
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- slang nonsense; rubbish
C20: of unknown origin
Word Origin and History for malarky
also malarky, "lies and exaggerations," 1924, American English, of unknown origin. It also is a surname.
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