To affect by blarney to wheedle with smooth speak to make or achieve by blarney
- Smooth wheedling talk flattery
- impact or urge by gentle urging, caressing, or complementing
- flattery made to gain benefit
- Smooth, wheedling talk; flattery.
- To influence by blarney; to wheedle with smooth talk; to create or achieve by blarney.
1796, from Blarney Stone (which can be said to make a persuasive flatterer of any which kiss it), in a castle near Cork, Ireland. As Bartlett explains it, associated with the issue associated with the task of kissing the rock where it sits high-up when you look at the battlement: "to own ascended it, was proof of perseverence, nerve, and agility, whereof lots of people are expected to claim the honor just who never ever accomplished the adventure." Therefore having kissed the Blarney rock came to indicate "to tell wonderful stories" ["Dictionary of Americanisms," 1848]. The word achieved broad currency through Lady Blarney, the smooth-talking flatterer in Goldsmith's "Vicar of Wakefield" (1766). As a verb from 1803.
(letter.) soft, wheedling talk; flattery.
- (v. t.) To influence by blarney; to wheedle with smooth talk; to make or achieve by blarney.