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

  • n. Slang Exaggerated or foolish talk, usually intended to deceive: "snookered by a lot of malarkey” ( New Republic).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Nonsense; rubbish.

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

  • n. empty rhetoric or insincere or exaggerated talk


Origin unknown.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Of unknown origin. May be somebody's name. (Wiktionary)



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