American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Smooth, flattering talk.
- n. Deceptive nonsense.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Exceedingly complimentary language; flattery; smooth, wheedling talk; pleasing cajolery.
- To talk over or beguile by wheedling speeches; flatter; humbug with agreeable talk.
- n. Ability to talk constantly.
- n. Mindless chatter.
- n. Persuasive flattery or kind speech. The ability to tell a man to go to hell, in such a way as he will look forward to the trip.
- v. To beguile with flattery.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. colloq. Smooth, wheedling talk; flattery.
- v. To influence by blarney; to wheedle with smooth talk; to make or accomplish by blarney.
- n. flattery designed to gain favor
- v. influence or urge by gentle urging, caressing, or flattering
- Named after a legendary magical stone in Blarney Castle, Ireland that gives the gift of eloquence. See also Blarney Stone. (Wiktionary)
- After the Blarney Stone in Blarney Castle, Blarney, Ireland. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Usually the expression blarney is applied to flattery designed to gain a favor.”
“No doubt his blarney was a source of inspiration for me.”
“Yankee-Gentile and Jew, and his blarney was a commodity that stood him in good stead.”
“Anything would have been better than the echoes of the sprightliness at the lower end of the table, where Ulick was talking what he would have called blarney to Miss Susan Northover and Miss Mary Anne”
“At least one Irish blogger, Suzy Byrne, stepped forward to call blarney on that:”
“The Irish have a perfect word to describe what's happening in Ulster - 'blarney'.”
“These monks must have had some serious "blarney" as well as "bottle" to set off from their monastery on the island of Iona to replace Odin and Thor with a God who turned the other cheek and preached love.”
“Smith plainly assured the agent that his "blarney" would avail him nothing; he had come by their own appointment to get his pay, and that he certainly should _have_ -- if not in the way they themselves agreed upon, he would choose his own method of getting it!”
“She will use "blarney" as a science in an artful way.”
“That'll do, Dick; I don't want any more of that kind of blarney; and if you don't shut up, you or I will get a black eye.”
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