driveller

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n driveller a person who dribbles; he needs a bib" "that baby is a dribbler"
    • n driveller someone whose talk is trivial drivel
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Driveller a fool
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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

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
M. E. drevelen, dravelen; related to Dribble.

Usage

In literature:

Of an evening I wrote drivel for the papers.
"The Wings of Icarus" by Laurence Alma Tadema
Was this senseless drivel, prophetic sight, or threatened murder?
"The Bronze Hand" by Anna Katharine Green (Mrs. Charles Rohlfs)
What will she not attempt with that old driveller?
"The Flaw in the Sapphire" by Charles M. Snyder
They were passionate, idealistic in parts, drivelling.
"The Man Who Lost Himself" by H. De Vere Stacpoole
See here, I can guess what unmitigated drivel it is.
"Floyd Grandon's Honor" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
If you must talk drivel about my father, I'll thank you not to do it in my presence.
"The Unnecessary Man" by Gordon Randall Garrett
But when a giant is made to drivel, his drivelings are very little better than those of a pigmy.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine - Volume 55, No. 343, May 1844" by Various
There is a good deal of incoherent drivel these days about the freedom of science.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
John (not knowing it) was rendered perfectly drivelling last night, by meeting him on the stairs.
"The Letters of Charles Dickens" by Charles Dickens
Was it of Farrington the man was talking such drivel?
"The Secret House" by Edgar Wallace
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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, clich├ęd, 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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