Definition of blarney in English:


Line breaks: blar|ney
Pronunciation: /ˈblɑːni


[mass noun]

verb (blarneys, blarneying, blarneyed)

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  • Influence or persuade (someone) using charm and pleasant flattery: he went overboard in blarneying him into thinking that Joe considered him a nice guy
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    • 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.


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.

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