American English, of unknown origin; perhaps from Greek μαλακία (malakía, “stupidity, idiocy, nonsense, bullshit”). Popularized by Thomas Aloysius Dorgan, Irish American cartoonist who started using it in cartoons on March 9, 1922.
- (General American) IPA(key): /məˈlɑɹ.ki/
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /məˈlɑː.ki/
- Rhymes: -ɑː(ɹ)ki
- (informal) Nonsense; rubbish. [from 1920s]
2001 , Frederick Paul Walter, “chapter 29”, in 20,000 Leagues Under the Seas, translation of Vingt mille lieues sous les mers by Jules Verne:
- "An underwater tunnel!" he exclaimed. "A connection between two seas! Who ever heard of such malarkey!"
I decided it was a bunch of malarkey and stopped reading about halfway through.
Frequently, though not always used after "bunch of".
- See also Thesaurus:nonsense