drivel

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v drivel let saliva drivel from the mouth "The baby drooled"
    • n drivel saliva spilling from the mouth
    • n drivel a worthless message
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Drivel A driveler; a fool; an idiot.
    • Drivel A servant; a drudge.
    • Drivel Inarticulate or unmeaning utterance; foolish talk; babble.
    • Drivel Slaver; saliva flowing from the mouth.
    • Drivel To be weak or foolish; to dote; as, a driveling hero; driveling love.
    • Drivel To slaver; to let spittle drop or flow from the mouth, like a child, idiot, or dotard.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • drivel To slaver; let spittle drop or flow from the mouth, like a child, an idiot, or a dotard.
    • drivel To be weak or foolish; talk weakly or foolishly; dote.
    • n drivel Slaver; saliva flowing from the mouth.
    • n drivel Silly, unmeaning talk; inarticulate nonsense; senseless twaddle, like the talk of an idiot.
    • n drivel A servant; a drudge; a slave.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Drivel driv′l to slaver like a child: to be foolish: to speak like an idiot
    • pr.p Drivel driv′elling; pa.p. driv′elled
    • n Drivel slaver: nonsense
    • n Drivel driv′l (Spens.) a drudge.
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Quotations

  • James Joyce
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    “He comes into the world God knows how, walks on the water, gets out of his grave and goes up off the Hill of Howth. What drivel is this?”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. OE. dravelen, drabelen, drevelen, drivelen, to slaver, and E. drabble,. Cf. Drool
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Cf. Old Dut. drevel, a scullion.

Usage

In literature:

After four months in the "spirit world" he is positively trembling and drivelling!
"Flowers of Freethought" by George W. Foote
I suppose it would sound like drivel if I were to repeat it.
"That Mother-in-Law of Mine" by Anonymous
How do journalists fetch up their drivel?
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 25 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
The awful thing about nonsense verse is the very fine line that divides a masterpiece from utter drivel.
"Rhymes and Meters" by Horatio Winslow
To guess at the imaginings of drivelers, and seem to be what they think one ought to be.
"Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Volume 2, No. 12, May, 1851." by Various
I'll stand no more of your drivel.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. XIX (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
You don't want to be worried with his drivel.
"The Squire's Daughter" by Archibald Marshall
I'd give five hundred dollars not to have drooled that drivel about being her brother!
"John March, Southerner" by George W. Cable
You have certainly succeeded in lending an air of drivel to a controversy that I regard as serious.
"Cynthia's Chauffeur" by Louis Tracy
There is a deal of sentimental drivel spouted about the condition of slaves.
"Romantic Spain" by John Augustus O'Shea
Are we a generation of driveling, sniveling, degraded slaves?
"The Struggle for Missouri" by John McElroy
The drivers would become blundering idiots, driveling futile profanity.
"Si Klegg, Book 2 (of 6)" by John McElroy
The return verses of the Duke are little better than drivelling.
"The Works of Alexander Pope, Volume 1" by Alexander Pope
You see how easily I drift into being a drivelling fool?
"The Heart of a Woman" by Emmuska Orczy, Baroness Orczy
I'm sure Finny wouldn't like them to go on drivelling like that.
"The Youngest Girl in the School" by Evelyn Sharp
He told himself confidentially, the news to go no further, that he was a drivelling idiot.
"Gabriel Tolliver" by Joel Chandler Harris
Kenneth had talked a lot of drivel but he probably was right about stagnation.
"Helena Brett's Career" by Desmond Coke
Is not even Pater being thrust into a second grave as an indolent driveller without judgment?
"The Book of This and That" by Robert Lynd
Does Sacchi, who has received a thousand benefits at my hands, expect to make me a stalking-horse in his drivelling amours?
"The Memoirs of Count Carlo Gozzi" by Count Carlo Gozzi
When a man looks silly, the single eye-glass finishes him and makes him look like a drivelling idiot.
"Rambles in Womanland" by Max O'Rell
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In poetry:

Tear you the truth out of your drivelling spy,
The maniac whom you set to swing death's scythe.
Nay; torture not the torturer--let him lie:
What need of racks to teach a worm to writhe?
"To A Certain Nation" by Gilbert Keith Chesterton
They may be duds or they may be drones,
Or legislators heaven-sent;
But the A.L.P. for all atones
When it gets them into Parliament.
Tho' they talk sheer drivel once they're there,
Our job is done. Why should we care?
"Consummation " by C J Dennis
And so was drawn thro dark cadaverous with the sound of gabbling dead.
Where we heard them hoot palaverous
Drivel learned beneath unsavorous
Moulds, and saw a glutton's head
Grin to a hissing bat,
That scraped him as he spat.
"Written In Hell" by Cale Young Rice
Funny how hard it is to be alone.
I could spend half my evenings, if I wanted,
Holding a glass of washing sherry, canted
Over to catch the drivel of some bitch
Who's read nothing but Which;
Just think of all the spare time that has flown
"Vers De Société" by Philip Larkin

In news:

That chirpy songbird Britney Spears has popped up with more mindless drivel.
"Excuse Me for Living": No Excuses for This Drivel.
PURE DRIVEL By Steve Martin.
It's not hard to do because Fein provides so much mindless drivel with which to work.
It's about time someone made a public cry about this nonsense that artists' works are only reflections of their psychoanalytical makeup, childhood impressions and other drivel.
Don't dismiss this as Saturday-morning drivel.
To hear the ready-fire-aim drivel from certain members of the conservative commentariot these days is to understand, at least in part, why conservatives do not govern the country.
Seeking to Weed Out Drivel, Google Adjusts Search Engine.
First, what is scary or, more to the point, "pathetic" is Ron's consistent drivel on the editorial pages.
Odd news, pop culture, and utter drivel from around the globe.
These days, press conferences ooze with enough predetermined, clichéd, monotone drivel to drive the Tasmanian Devil into hibernation.
Stock-averse investors didn't need any more reasons to barrel into bonds, but the outcome of the recent presidential election and all the drivel mouthed by politicians over the fiscal cliff gave them some anyway.
For those wishing to better understand the apple sauce, trivia, tripe, trash and drivel, read on.
Just days after (apparently) issuing a statement defending their notorious late stage arrivals - some stale drivel about how this is rock and roll, this is a party, you're a nerd if you have to get up the next morning, etc.
You make everyone else in any prime-time network drama look like a toothless simpering puddle of bunny drivel.
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