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A village of southern Ireland near Cork. Blarney Castle (dating from the 15th century) is the site of the Blarney Stone, said to impart powers of eloquence and persuasion.


1. Smooth, flattering talk.
2. Deceptive nonsense.

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

blar′ney v.


flattering talk
to cajole with flattery; wheedle
[C19: after the Blarney Stone]


(ˈblɑr ni)

1. flattery; cajolery.
2. misleading nonsense.
v.t., v.i.
3. to flatter or deceive with blarney.
[1790–1800; alluding to the Blarney stone, in a castle near Cork, Ireland; it is said to impart skill in flattery to whoever kisses it]


 bartenders collectivelyLipton, 1970


Past participle: blarneyed
Gerund: blarneying

I blarney
you blarney
he/she/it blarneys
we blarney
you blarney
they blarney
I blarneyed
you blarneyed
he/she/it blarneyed
we blarneyed
you blarneyed
they blarneyed
Present Continuous
I am blarneying
you are blarneying
he/she/it is blarneying
we are blarneying
you are blarneying
they are blarneying
Present Perfect
I have blarneyed
you have blarneyed
he/she/it has blarneyed
we have blarneyed
you have blarneyed
they have blarneyed
Past Continuous
I was blarneying
you were blarneying
he/she/it was blarneying
we were blarneying
you were blarneying
they were blarneying
Past Perfect
I had blarneyed
you had blarneyed
he/she/it had blarneyed
we had blarneyed
you had blarneyed
they had blarneyed
I will blarney
you will blarney
he/she/it will blarney
we will blarney
you will blarney
they will blarney
Future Perfect
I will have blarneyed
you will have blarneyed
he/she/it will have blarneyed
we will have blarneyed
you will have blarneyed
they will have blarneyed
Future Continuous
I will be blarneying
you will be blarneying
he/she/it will be blarneying
we will be blarneying
you will be blarneying
they will be blarneying
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been blarneying
you have been blarneying
he/she/it has been blarneying
we have been blarneying
you have been blarneying
they have been blarneying
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been blarneying
you will have been blarneying
he/she/it will have been blarneying
we will have been blarneying
you will have been blarneying
they will have been blarneying
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been blarneying
you had been blarneying
he/she/it had been blarneying
we had been blarneying
you had been blarneying
they had been blarneying
I would blarney
you would blarney
he/she/it would blarney
we would blarney
you would blarney
they would blarney
Past Conditional
I would have blarneyed
you would have blarneyed
he/she/it would have blarneyed
we would have blarneyed
you would have blarneyed
they would have blarneyed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.blarney - flattery designed to gain favorblarney - flattery designed to gain favor  
flattery - excessive or insincere praise
Verb1.blarney - influence or urge by gentle urging, caressing, or flattering; "He palavered her into going along"
persuade - cause somebody to adopt a certain position, belief, or course of action; twist somebody's arm; "You can't persuade me to buy this ugly vase!"
soft-soap - persuade someone through flattery
browbeat, bully, swagger - discourage or frighten with threats or a domineering manner; intimidate


noun flattery, coaxing, exaggeration, fawning, adulation, wheedling, spiel, sweet talk (informal), flannel (Brit. informal), soft soap (informal), sycophancy, servility, obsequiousness, cajolery, blandishment, fulsomeness, toadyism, overpraise, false praise, honeyed words You're as full of blarney as my father.


Excessive, ingratiating praise:
Informal: soft soap.
Idiom: honeyed words.


A. Nlabia f
B. VTdar coba a, engatusar
C. CPD Blarney Stone N piedra del castillo de Blarney, al sudoeste de Irlanda, que se dice que transmite el don de la galantería al que la besa
to kiss the Blarney Stoneaprender a tener labia


[ˈblɑːrni] nboniment m


nSchmeichelei f, → Schmus m (inf); he has kissed the Blarney Stone (fig)der kann einen beschwatzen (inf)
vt sbschmeicheln (+dat); he could blarney his way out of troubleer könnte sich aus allem herausreden


[ˈblɑːnɪ] n (fam) → moine fpl, lusinghe fpl
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You little blarney," he smiled, pleased nevertheless.
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They were rushed to hospital after the alarm was raised by a concerned resident on Blarney Street in Cork city who had called to check in on them on Saturday morning.
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