Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Smooth, flattering talk.
  • noun Deceptive nonsense.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Exceedingly complimentary language; flattery; smooth, wheedling talk; pleasing cajolery.
  • To talk over or beguile by wheedling speeches; flatter; humbug with agreeable talk.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun colloq. Smooth, wheedling talk; flattery.
  • noun a stone in Blarney castle, Ireland (built in 1446), said to make those who kiss it proficient in the use of blarney.
  • transitive verb To influence by blarney; to wheedle with smooth talk; to make or accomplish by blarney.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Ability to talk constantly.
  • noun Mindless chatter.
  • noun 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.
  • verb To beguile with flattery.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun flattery designed to gain favor
  • verb influence or urge by gentle urging, caressing, or flattering

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[After the Blarney, Stone in Blarney Castle, Blarney, Ireland.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Named after a legendary magical stone in Blarney Castle, Ireland that gives the gift of eloquence. See also Blarney Stone.

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