blarney vs coax what difference

what is difference between blarney and coax

English

Etymology

Named after a legendary magical stone in Blarney Castle, Ireland that gives the gift of eloquence. See also Blarney Stone.

Pronunciation

  • (General American) IPA(key): /ˈblɑɹni/
  • (Ireland) IPA(key): /ˈblaːɹni/
  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈblɑːni/
  • Rhymes: -ɑː(ɹ)ni

Noun

blarney (uncountable)

  1. Mindless chatter.
    He is full of blarney.
  2. Ability to talk constantly and fluently.
  3. Persuasive flattery or kind speech; smooth, wheedling talk.

Verb

blarney (third-person singular simple present blarneys, present participle blarneying, simple past and past participle blarneyed)

  1. To beguile with flattery.

Anagrams

  • Braelyn, Braylen


English

Etymology 1

originally (1586) in the slang phrase to make a coax of, from earlier noun coax, cox, cokes “fool, simpleton”, itself of obscure origin, perhaps related to cock (male bird, pert boy). The modern spelling is from 1706.

Pronunciation

  • (UK) IPA(key): /kəʊks/
  • (US) enPR: kōks, IPA(key): /koʊks/
  • Homophones: Cokes, cokes

Verb

coax (third-person singular simple present coaxes, present participle coaxing, simple past and past participle coaxed)

  1. (obsolete) To fondle, kid, pet, tease.
  2. (transitive) To wheedle or persuade (a person, organisation, animal etc.) gradually or by use of flattery to do something.
    • 12 July 2012, Sam Adams, AV Club Ice Age: Continental Drift
      On paper, Continental Drift boasts a jaw-dropping voice cast, including but not limited to Jennifer Lopez, Patrick Stewart, Wanda Sykes, Aziz Ansari, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Nicki Minaj, Drake, and Alan Tudyk. But in practice, the overstuffed ensemble leaves the cast no room to distinguish themselves, and directors Steve Martino and Michael Thurmeier don’t seem interested in coaxing performances that might render their money stars less identifiable.
  3. (transitive) To carefully manipulate (someone or something) into a particular desired state, situation or position.
Synonyms
  • (to fondle): caress, grope, touch up; see also Thesaurus:fondle
  • (persuade gradually): cajole, canoodle, persuade, wheedle
  • (manipulate carefully into position): ease
Translations

Noun

coax (plural coaxes)

  1. (obsolete) A simpleton; a dupe.
    • Go, you’re a brainless Coax, a Toy, a Fop, I’ll go no farther than your Name, Sir Gregory

Etymology 2

Shortened from coaxial

Pronunciation

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈkəʊæks/
  • (US) enPR: kōʹăks, IPA(key): /koʊæks/

Noun

coax (countable and uncountable, plural coaxes)

  1. Short for coaxial cable.

Adjective

coax (not comparable)

  1. Clipping of coaxial.
Translations

References

  • Douglas Harper (2001–2021), “coax”, in Online Etymology Dictionary.

Anagrams

  • coxa

French

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /kɔ.aks/

Noun

coax m (plural coax)

  1. coax (coaxial cable)

Synonyms

  • coaxial
  • câble coaxial

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