malarkey

or ma·lar·ky

[muh-lahr-kee]

noun Informal.

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

Nearby words

  1. malaria,
  2. malariae malaria,
  3. malarial,
  4. malarial crescent,
  5. malariology,
  6. malassezia,
  7. malassimilation,
  8. malate,
  9. malate dehydrogenase,
  10. malatesta

Origin of malarkey

An Americanism dating back to 1925–30; origin uncertain

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British Dictionary definitions for malarky

malarkey

malarky

noun

slang nonsense; rubbish

Word Origin for malarkey

C20: of unknown origin

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Word Origin and History for malarky

malarkey

n.

also malarky, "lies and exaggerations," 1924, American English, of unknown origin. It also is a surname.

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