Origin unknown; perhaps from Greek μαλακός (malakós, “soft; compliant, meek; gentle, mellow, mild, mild-mannered”) or μαλακία (malakía, “masturbation; (figuratively) idiocy, stupidity; bullshit, nonsense”). The word was popularized by the Irish-American cartoonist Thomas Aloysius (“Tad”) Dorgan (1877–1929), who started using it in cartoons on March 9, 1922.
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /məˈlɑːki/
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- (General American) IPA(key): /məˈlɑɹki/
- Rhymes: -ɑː(ɹ)ki
- Hyphenation: ma‧lar‧key
- (originally US, informal) Nonsense; rubbish. [from 1920s]
- Synonyms: see Thesaurus:nonsense
- I decided it was a bunch of malarkey and stopped reading about halfway through.
- 2001 January, Jules Verne, chapter 5, in Frederick Paul Walter, transl., 20,000 Leagues under the Seas: An Underwater Tour of the World (Project Gutenberg eBook; #2488), Project Gutenberg, OCLC 914175360, part 2:
- "An underwater tunnel!" he exclaimed. "A connection between two seas! Who ever heard of such malarkey!"
- malarkey (disambiguation) on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
- “malarkey, n.” in Lexico, Dictionary.com; Oxford University Press.
- “Malarkey” in Michael Quinion, World Wide Words, 26 August 2006.