blather

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v blather to talk foolishly "The two women babbled and crooned at the baby"
    • n blather foolish gibberish
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. i. & t Blather To talk foolishly, or nonsensically, or concerning matters of no consequence.
    • n Blather Voluble, foolish, or nonsensical talk; -- often in the pl.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • blather To talk nonsense.
    • n blather Nonsense; foolish talk.
    • n blather A person who talks nonsense.
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Quotations

  • George F. Will
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    “As advertising blather becomes the nation's normal idiom, language becomes printed noise.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Icel. blaðra,. Cf. Blatherskite

Usage

In literature:

Mr. Blathers made a bow.
"Oliver Twist" by Charles Dickens
Lies and blather, you've no call to mind.
"The Playboy of the Western World" by J. M. Synge
It's a few women they want in parliament to stop their foolish blather.
"John Bull's Other Island" by George Bernard Shaw
And I'm keepin' you outer your bed, doc., with me blather.
"Australia Felix" by Henry Handel Richardson
I'm a blathering idiot to mind...I ought to be dancing with joy at my escape.
"Lady Bridget in the Never-Never Land" by Rosa Praed
Oh, ye blathering jerkin', bogglin' baste, ye!
"Overland" by John William De Forest
If they'd give me my way, why I'd jolly soon end you, Beard, blather and all; you're no more than a pest.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 102, May 14, 1892" by Various
I am greatly afraid that the head will be turned on Oona with his share of blathering.
"Poets and Dreamers" by Lady Augusta Gregory and Others
Captain Blathers was an active and powerful man, and very passionate.
"Lost in the Forest" by R.M. Ballantyne
Mr. Blathers' next should be ... awaited with impatience.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 147, July 15, 1914" by Various
Hip and Blather skitzen for the good and honorable Mayor, who always loves the people!
"Fiddles" by F. Hopkinson Smith
All hell broke loose then, with me and Brock making most of the blather.
"A Spaceship Named McGuire" by Gordon Randall Garrett
Of Mr. O'Blather the worst that could be said was that at the age of forty he had no income on which to support himself.
"Ralph the Heir" by Anthony Trollope
Behind them, the others suddenly broke out into a blather of conversation.
"Hail to the Chief" by Gordon Randall Garrett
He's all blather about his rights an' his wrongs.
"McClure's Magazine, Vol 31, No 2, June 1908" by Various
Yes," said Blathers, "but not next year, or the year after that, as we shall be retrenching.
"Punch or the London Charivari, Vol. 147, December 16, 1914" by Various
Blathers was over at the bed making friends with the patient.
"Harvard Stories" by Waldron Kintzing Post
Let them blather on; they won't hurt you, as long as you know them for what they are.
"The Whirligig of Time" by Wayland Wells Williams
It's some of them blathering Barneys that's after calling me Bridget a widdy.
"The Misfit Christmas Puddings" by Club Consolation
What brings the auld witch here wi' her blathers and fleetchin'!
"Inchbracken" by Robert Cleland
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In poetry:

Worth going to see? I can well believe it.
Worth seeing? Mneh! I once rode through a desert
and was not charmed: give me a watered
lively garden, remote from blatherers
"Moon Landing" by W H Auden
A. Aye, as for nonsense, Joe, your head
Do hold it all so tight's a blather,
But if 'tis any good, do shed
It all so leäky as a lather.
Could you vill païls 'ithout a bottom,
Yourself that be so deeply skill'd?
"Riddles" by William Barnes
I never did 'ear sich a bloke to squeal
About a trifle. This 'ere pal uv Spike's
Don't seem to 'ave the stummick fer a deal
Uv solid stoush: rough work don't soot 'is likes.
'E ain't done much but blather frum the start,
"'Ere 'ave a 'eart!"
"'Ave a 'eart!" by C J Dennis

In news:

After 16 hours blathering, woman doesn't understand why she got the boot.
Crazy marketing blather and bloviations.
Liberals ' blather without restraint.
A World With No Use for Artistic Blather .
PREVIEW I read those articles in Vanity Fair blathering on about a woman's ability to be funny.
A World With No Use for Artistic Blather.
The promise of small-staff and "citizen" journalism is coming to fruition in Texas—excellent, often unheralded, investigative sites are moving well beyond the partisan blather that defines other so-called "news venues.
For those who listen to my ramblings on WKHM each Thursday morning, you will now have to wait a few more minutes to hear me blather on.
Having endured a campaign of blather, lies and infuriating robocalls, what have we got to show for it all.
After months and months of pointless BS and blather, and then the spending of hundreds of millions of taxpayer and corporate donations on pointless campaigning, what changed.
Crump is ready for this blather.
The political blather will increase ten fold the next two weeks approaching the November 6 election.
Liberals 'blather without restraint .
Post-9/11 blather amnesty offer tendered.
I don't know about everyone else, but I've about had enough of this fruitcake and his blather.
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