Definition of blarney in English:


Pronunciation /ˈblärnē/ /ˈblɑrni/

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  • 1Talk that aims to charm, pleasantly flatter, or persuade.

    ‘he had the “street charm” of an Irish politician, but this blarney concealed his inner self’
    • ‘Right now you're either dazzling the general populace with brilliance or charming them with blarney.’
    • ‘There is an absence of celebrity backers on the pro side - but there is the fast-talking Irishman driving the Scottish bid team with charm, blarney and bundles of enthusiasm.’
    • ‘I last saw Peggy in late July and she was as enthusiastic as ever - full of that Irish blarney that saw her through her life.’
    • ‘The self-financed record gained unexpected wings from an old Irish charmer, the king of breakfast blarney on the radio.’
    • ‘There was a great deal of blarney spoken about the chances of Irish horses, some of it nonsense and some of it all too true.’
    • ‘Though he let his natural blarney take him into areas where he should not have gone, there was nothing I could see which was illegal or suggested that he was up to no good.’
    • ‘You'll hear some blarney, but you'll also get a picture of the center that seems pretty true to my sense of it.’
    • ‘There are the old women flower sellers searching for the cheapest blossoms that with their blarney must earn them their livelihood.’
    • ‘There's a difference between artful blarney and honest feedback that's worth being aware of.’
    • ‘Certainly, for a man short on blarney and long on awkward reflection, his future plans come as something of a surprise.’
    • ‘Like all American real-estate ventures since colonial days, it's a mixture of vision, business, and blarney.’
    • ‘He was brilliantly convincing with a strong Irish brogue, righteous indignation when confronted with the insignificance of his rumours, and disarming blarney.’
    • ‘To dismiss this work as simple blarney seems extreme.’
    • ‘That night in the pub, Sean's blarney is on top form.’
    • ‘There was bluster, bluff, and blarney, with everybody trying to talk over everybody else.’
    • ‘With his astonishing mix of blarney and brilliance, personal empathy and political calculation, he could have walked off the pages of a southern novel.’
    • ‘The world, for its part, has begun to see what lies underneath the blarney.’
    • ‘It's a role that comes with certain duties, chief among them to keep the blarney coming until the lights go down.’
    • ‘Just as his Irish father has a bit of the blarney in him, so does he like to talk, too much in fact for his own good.’
    • ‘He gave a speech on his new charity work, and it was one of those smooth unctuous bits of California blarney no one could make with a straight face today.’
    blandishments, honeyed words, smooth talk, soft words, flattery, cajolery, coaxing, wheedling, compliments
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    1. 1.1Amusing and harmless nonsense.
      ‘this story is perhaps just a bit of blarney’
      • ‘There was quite a bit of the old blarney left in this extremely complicated New Englandy-Irish lady yet.’
      • ‘This sweet, straightforward story has enough Irish charm to overcome the occasional blarney.’
      • ‘There's probably a wee bit of Irish blarney in that tale - but it's what helps make him a great tour guide.’
      • ‘Many supporters have been fooled into thinking the senator was as green as the hills of Kerry but, as it turns out, his Irish ancestry is a load of blarney.’
      • ‘Trust the Irish to give it to you straight, with no blarney, when it's something as important as drink.’
      • ‘Although he possesses none of the blarney and bluster of his southern Irish contemporaries, the humour is droll, earthy and occasionally laugh-out-loud.’
      • ‘He would have much more to be cheerful about and before we knew it he would be full of the blarney, not to mention the Guinness.’
      • ‘‘You're full of blarney boy,’ she said with an affectionate pat on the top of his head.’
      • ‘The character was a rollicking success from day one, a marvellous, surreal, genuinely bizarre mix of whimsy, blarney, satire and violence packaged in outrageously funny plots.’
      • ‘That was a load of blarney probably told to her by one of his many enemies to give yet another person reason to kill him.’
      • ‘Amid the usual blarney about fitness tests and winning the flag for the crew, it was quite refreshing, really.’
      • ‘My grandfather was an Irishman, full of blarney.’
      • ‘And this is where the romantic blarney comes in.’
      • ‘I can imagine other readers who would find it more profound than I do, as well as those who might dismiss it out of hand as just more self-indulgent blarney.’
      • ‘The person who prefers his brand of bilious blarney is probably wondering why this wonderful set wasn't simultaneously released on DVD as well.’
      • ‘It's unfortunate, however, that he has to rely on jaded Irish clichés of booze and blarney to enliven a story that is powerful enough to survive on its own merits.’
      • ‘I cut through the blarney at the fair to ask a cross-section of tourists who consider themselves aficionados of all things Celtic if they had heard of St Andrew.’
      nonsense, balderdash, gibberish, claptrap, blarney, blather, blether, moonshine
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transitive verbblarneys, blarneying, blarneyed

[with object]
  • Influence or persuade (someone) using charm and pleasant flattery.

    ‘he went overboard in blarneying him into thinking that Joe considered him a nice guy’
    • ‘He had blarneyed the Jaguar driver into taking him along.’
    • ‘Disguised first as a horse dealer and later as a holy man, he successfully blarneyed his way through regions, which were not a part of British-held India at the time.’
    • ‘So he blarneyed his way into flight school and a couple of years later flew night missions over Vietnam in an F-4.’
    • ‘Five minutes later, after blarneying the cab driver that this is not what we wanted, we got him to drive to Hard Rock instead.’
    • ‘Then Liz, coaxed and blarneyed, agreed to start again.’
    • ‘My brother, a software writer who had no business here except to root for me, had somehow blarneyed his way into the exclusive zone.’
    • ‘It seems so unfair that he should also have blarneyed his way to getting the fame and the girl and the money all in one sitting.’


Late 18th century named after Blarney, a castle near Cork in Ireland, where there is a stone said to give the gift of persuasive speech to anyone who kisses it.