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blarney Explained

blarney at English => English (English Etymology) Of Explained:

1796, from Blarney Stone (which is said to make a persuasive flatterer of any who kiss it), in a castle near Cork, Ireland; reached wide currency through Lady Blarny, the smooth-talking flatterer in Goldsmith's "Vicar of Wakefield" (1766). ///

blarney at English => English (Longman) Of Explained:

n [U] informal [Date: 1700-1800; Origin: Blarney Stone, large piece of stone in Blarney Castle, Ireland which is said to give skill in flattery to people who kiss it]// pleasant but untrue things that you say to someone in order to trick or persuade them//

Blarney at English => English (The Britannica Concise) Of Explained:

Village (pop., 1995 est.: 3,000), county Cork, Ireland. Situated northwest of Cork, it is famous as the site of Blarney Castle (c.1446). Below the battlements on the S castle wall is the Blarney Stone, which is said to make anyone who kisses it proficient in blarney (smooth, flattering talk). This feat can be achieved only by hanging head downward.

blarney at English => English (Moby Thesaurus II) Of Explained:

32 Moby Thesaurus words for "blarney":
adulation, banter, blandish, blandishment, bunkum, cajole,
cajolement, cajolery, compliment, con, eyewash, fair words,
fawning, flattery, grease, honeyed phrases, honeyed words, incense,
oil, palaver, praise, pretty lies, soap, soft soap, soft-soap,
sweet nothings, sweet talk, sweet words, sweet-talk, sycophancy,
wheedle, wheedling

Blarney at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

Blarney \Blar"ney\ (bl[aum]r"n[y^]), n. [Blarney, a village and
castle near Cork.]
Smooth, wheedling talk; flattery. [Colloq.]

{Blarney stone}, a stone in Blarney castle, Ireland, said to
make those who kiss it proficient in the use of blarney.

Blarney \Blar"ney\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Blarneyed} (-n[i^]d);
p. pr. & vb. n. {Blarneying}.]
To influence by blarney; to wheedle with smooth talk; to make
or accomplish by blarney. ``Blarneyed the landlord.''

Had blarneyed his way from Long Island. --S. G.

blarney at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

v : influence or urge by gentle urging, caressing, or
flattering; "He palavered her into going along" [syn: {wheedle},
{cajole}, {palaver}, {coax}, {sweet-talk}, {inveigle}]

n : flattery designed to gain favor [syn: {coaxing}, {soft soap},
{sweet talk}]

blarney at English (WD) Of Explained:

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Named after a legendary magical stone in Category: w:en - :Blarney Castle|Blarney Castle, Ireland that gives the gift of eloquence. See also Category: w:en - :Blarney Stone|Blarney Stone.
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  • Ability to talk constantly.
    1. Mindless chatter.
    2. : He is full of blarney.
    3. 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.


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  • To beguile with flattery.

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