Definition of malarkey in English:



mass nouninformal
  • Meaningless talk; nonsense.

    ‘don't give me that malarkey’
    • ‘Do halos work of the same colour scale as that aura malarkey?’
    • ‘And I think everybody just assumes that it's, you know, a bunch of malarkey for now.’
    • ‘Michael Kelly thinks the Democrats have come to believe their own malarkey.’
    • ‘This whole new James Bond malarkey is never going to end, is it?’
    • ‘I really don't think I'm cut out from this expat malarkey.’
    • ‘This decorating malarkey don't half take it out of you.’
    • ‘There's certainly much more to this ice-sculpting malarkey than you'd think…’
    • ‘I have been trying to keep up with the gym malarkey.’
    • ‘Hopefully the new system will be worth this small loss, particularly if it brings an end to that irritating 400 character limit malarkey.’
    • ‘When he drags them in the house, my mom will see two kids covered in mud, and her husband up to the usual malarkey.’
    • ‘Don't put your eggs into one basket and all that malarkey.’
    • ‘All of us in the band are having to learn about this showbiz malarkey as we go along.’
    • ‘I guess the same people who follow your malarkey are the ones who go to church recruiting events for the military.’
    • ‘Now amongst other things, I'm a student of natural history and a little bit sceptical about all this Global Warming malarkey.’
    • ‘Happy Birthday to me, and all that kind of malarkey!’
    • ‘Not surprisingly, given our growing national devotion to mystical malarkey, Irish people are flocking to this supernatural health centre.’
    • ‘Well this working nights malarkey isn't too bad actually.’
    • ‘Sure, there's all that inner peace malarkey, but maybe there's something else going on?’
    • ‘I'm surprising myself by how involved I'm getting in the federal election malarkey.’
    • ‘The elderly gentleman from Morningside was having trouble getting his kip, what with all that festival malarkey going on.’
    prattle, chatter, twitter, babble, talk, prating, gabble, jabber, blether, rambling
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1920s: of unknown origin.