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BLARNEY

 Dictionary entry overview: What does blarney mean? 

BLARNEY (noun)
  The noun BLARNEY has 1 sense:

1. flattery designed to gain favor

  Familiarity information: BLARNEY used as a noun is very rare.


BLARNEY (verb)
  The verb BLARNEY has 1 sense:

1. influence or urge by gentle urging, caressing, or flattering

  Familiarity information: BLARNEY used as a verb is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


BLARNEY (noun)


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Meaning:

Flattery designed to gain favor

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

blarney; coaxing; soft soap; sweet talk

Hypernyms ("blarney" is a kind of...):

flattery (excessive or insincere praise)


BLARNEY (verb)


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Meaning:

Influence or urge by gentle urging, caressing, or flattering

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

sweet-talk; inveigle; coax; cajole; blarney; wheedle; palaver

Context example:

He palavered her into going along

Hypernyms (to "blarney" is one way to...):

persuade (cause somebody to adopt a certain position, belief, or course of action; twist somebody's arm)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "blarney"):

soft-soap (persuade someone through flattery)

browbeat; bully; swagger (discourage or frighten with threats or a domineering manner; intimidate)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s somebody into V-ing something


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