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Part of speech: noun

Origin: Irish, 18th century


Talk that aims to charm, pleasantly flatter, or persuade.


Amusing and harmless nonsense.

Examples of Blarney in a sentence

"She certainly was a charmer as she relied on blarney to persuade her coworkers to share details about their lives."

"The kindergarten teacher playfully asked her class if they had an actual question or just more blarney."

About Blarney

The word "blarney" comes from Blarney Castle and its famous stone, which is supposed to give whoever kisses it the gift of blarney, or persuasive, charming, flattering speech.

Did you Know?

Have you ever been told that you have the gift of gab? In Ireland, the person who manages to reach and kiss the Blarney Stone is rumored to be blessed with the gift of persuasive speech that can charm and flatter any listeners.

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