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
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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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