twaddle

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v twaddle speak (about unimportant matters) rapidly and incessantly
    • n twaddle pretentious or silly talk or writing
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Twaddle Silly talk; gabble; fustian. "I have put in this chapter on fighting . . . because of the cant and twaddle that's talked of boxing and fighting with fists now-a-days."
    • v. i. & t Twaddle To talk in a weak and silly manner, like one whose faculties are decayed; to prate; to prattle.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • twaddle To babble; gabble; prate; especially, to keep up a foolish, prosy chatter.
    • n twaddle A twaddler.
    • n twaddle Idle, senseless talk; gabble; prosy nonsense.
    • n twaddle Perplexity; confusion. Grose, Dict. of Vulgar Tongue. Synonyms Chatter, Jargon, etc. See prattle, n.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Twaddle twod′l to talk in a silly manner
    • n Twaddle silly talk: a senseless talker
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
See Twattle

Usage

In literature:

All the audience got for their money were some remarks of the most commonplace and twaddling description.
"The Magnificent Montez" by Horace Wyndham
The abbe shrugged his shoulders, putting aside the patriotic twaddle.
"En Route" by J.-K. (Joris-Karl) Huysmans
The women may talk of bonnets, but their lofty and fiery souls glow through the twaddle.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Vol. 12, No. 32, November, 1873" by Various
What you say to me now, is meaningless twaddle.
"Princess Zara" by Ross Beeckman
Lead on, my little twaddling old butler.
"The Mirror of Taste, and Dramatic Censor, Vol. I, No. 6, June 1810" by Various
Cunningham must have his joke, so he is beguiling you with twaddle about hunting pearls.
"The Pagan Madonna" by Harold MacGrath
Yes, it is only the club, only tea and twaddle!
"Appearances" by Goldsworthy Lowes Dickinson
How much were you paid for giving me this twaddle?
"Robert Orange" by John Oliver Hobbes
Empty writing was excused by an empty stomach, and twaddle was consecrated by tears.
"The Essays of "George Eliot" Complete" by George Eliot
Look, Twaddles, bet you didn't know we had a cat.
"Four Little Blossoms at Oak Hill School" by Mabel C. Hawley
I am prepared to listen even though your twaddle bores me.
"The Golden Woman" by Ridgwell Cullum
One could smoke one's pipe outside when twaddle was within.
"The Wings of the Dove, Volume II" by Henry James
They alone preserve us from false conclusions, and sentimental twaddle.
"Woman under socialism" by August Bebel
At the time I thought it pretty vapid twaddle.
"The Record of Nicholas Freydon" by A. J. (Alec John) Dawson
Never mind about the other twaddle.
"The Recipe for Diamonds" by Charles John Cutcliffe Wright Hyne
About ten the innocent twaddle closed by a man coming in with a lantern to light home old Bickerstaff.
"Old and New London" by Walter Thornbury
It is 'Lover's Quarrel,' or some such twaddle, I think.
"Belford's Magazine, Volume II, No. 8, January, 1889" by Various
I have now nothing to say, that had formerly such a pressure of twaddle.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 24 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Sentiment was silly twaddle.
"The "Genius"" by Theodore Dreiser
No melodramatic twaddle about her!
"Physiology of The Opera" by John H. Swaby (AKA "Scrici")
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In poetry:

Aw hooap yo'll think nor war o' me,
If aw tell what's in mi noddle,
Remember, if we dooant agree,
It's but an old man's twaddle.
"Old Dave To Th' New Parson" by John Hartley
The bell now ceas'd as bell to ring,
Roused by the mother's twaddle;
But soon ensued a dreadful thing!—
The bell begins to waddle.
"The Walking Bell" by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Indeed it is a norrible tale,
'Twill make your faces all turn pale,
And your cheeks with tears will be overcome,
Tweedle twaddle, tweedle twaddle twum.
"A Norrible Tale" by Anonymous British
Oh list to this incredible tale
Of THOMSON GREEN and HARRIET HALE;
Its truth in one remark you'll sum -
"Twaddle twaddle twaddle twaddle twaddle twaddle twum!"
"Thomson Green and Harriet Hale" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Oh, list to this incredible tale
Of THOMSON GREEN and HARRIET HALE,
Its truth in one remark you'll sum -
"Twaddle twaddle twaddle twaddle twaddle twaddle twum!"
"Thomson Green and Harriet Hale" by William Schwenck Gilbert
A word out of season
Of vapid unreason
May seem mere political twaddle at best;
But this thing needs abatement
If, with each wild statement
It mean's that a cool quarter million's gone West.
"Golden Silence" by C J Dennis

In news:

F orget all that twaddle about Birmingham being fat and dumb, racist, backward and bumbling.
This is the season of generational twaddle.
Printmaker Randy Twaddle showed the creative spirit when he applied to create Made in Houston, a nonprofit that would help the city's creative community network with its manufacturing infrastructure.
Is it art or twaddle.
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