\ ˈblä How to pronounce blah (audio) \

Definition of blah

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 or less commonly blah-blah \ ˈblä-​ˌblä How to pronounce blah-blah (audio) \ : silly or pretentious chatter or nonsense
2 blahs plural [ perhaps influenced in meaning by blasé ] : a feeling of boredom, lethargy, or general dissatisfaction



Definition of blah (Entry 2 of 2)

: lacking interest : dull, boring a blah winter day

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Examples of blah in a Sentence


She had a bad case of the blahs. gave me the usual blah that my manuscript did not meet their current publishing needs but thanks for considering them


The hotel room was totally blah. She sat on the couch all day watching television and feeling blah.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Simeone and Melcher bought the home in 2014 and began painting both interior and exterior until the once sort of blah houseboat had become a technicolor marvel. Joan Morris, The Mercury News, "Colorful floating Sausalito home suits a ‘pair of docs’," 31 Aug. 2019 The facade used on TV is blah, a collection of nonsensical gables fronting the road, and the back aims for a faux-Cape Cod look, all cedar shingles and white trim applied to a rambling collection of rooms. Alexandra Lange, Curbed, "The Big Little Lie of the TV kitchen island," 1 Aug. 2019 The crew is padding around in sneakers and utilitarian blah. Robin Givhan, Washington Post, "The irresistible authenticity of Gayle King," 11 June 2019 Karla Colletto Swimsuit, $288, Waterlilies San Francisco, 415-474-9200 Photo: F. Martin Ramin/The Wall Street Journal, Styling by Anne Cardenas S is for Sporty An ideal perk-up for week two of vacation, when the bubbly and bliss grows blah. Katharine K. Zarrella, WSJ, "The Definitive List of Summer’s Best Swimsuits: An A-to-Z Guide," 19 June 2019 But there seems to be a collective blah because Zion Williamson and Ja Morant won’t end the night as members of the Celtics. Gary Washburn,, "Celtics want to trade up in NBA Draft, but are they working on a big deal?," 19 June 2019 Wearing a skin-tone color all over can easily read as bland, or blah, but the model styled it in a way that felt completely elegant for an evening event. Vogue, "Bella Hadid Has a Chic Way to Do Head-to-Toe Nude," 15 May 2019 In general, the phone favors something in between Apple’s accurate-but-blah shots and Samsung’s life-in-technicolor approach. David Pierce, WSJ, "Google Pixel 3 Review: This Phone Upgrades the Whole Android Universe," 15 Oct. 2018 Something about a bunch of macho dudes robbing a casino just struck me as blah. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "The New 'Ocean's 8' Trailer Will Make You Really Want to Plan a Heist With Sandra Bullock," 12 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The variety and flair of the comedy categories — performing, writing, even directing — are just way, way more interesting than the sort of blah drama contenders this year. New York Times, "What Our Critics Think of the 2019 Emmy Nominations," 16 July 2019 Their ability to consistently beat good teams but be blah against bad ones can be infuriating. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Consistently inconsistent Padres are, of course, looking to streak into break," 7 July 2019 The divisional races have been relatively blah, with the Dodgers, Twins, Yankees and Astros getting out to big leads and the Orioles, Blue Jays, Royals and Tigers well on their way to 100-loss seasons. Paul Sullivan,, "Juiced ball or not, baseball is on pace to shatter home run records with 3,311 hit at the midway point," 28 June 2019 Getty ImagesVictor Boyko Is your Saturday feeling a little bland and blah? Marie Claire, "Kendall Jenner Just Posted Some Very BDSM-y Pictures on Instagram," 4 Aug. 2018 Never mind that the restaurant has a blah location — just another of those cookie-cutter strip centers that dot and cheapen suburbia. Tim Smith,, "Stanford Kitchen a welcome addition to Owings Mills dining scene," 5 July 2018 That’s true of so much of the blah, blah, blah members of the Class of 2018 will be exposed to during a 10-day stretch beginning with Harford Community College’s commencement Thursday evening. Editorial From The Aegis, The Aegis, "The Class of 2018 [Editorial]," 23 May 2018 More blah-blah-blah noise could be made on Saturday, when another small group of malcontents find out once and for all that FC Cincinnati isn't going to freely pass out seven-figure checks all around the neighborhood. Jason Williams,, "PX column: Pay no attention to anti-stadium noise. FC Cincinnati is moving forward," 12 May 2018 One point against the Brewers, though: a blah rotation that Milwaukee fans will probably be watching through their fingers. 11. Jon Tayler,, "Yankees? Yes! Angels? Sure! Tigers? No! Ranking the Watchability of Every MLB Team This Season," 2 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of blah


1918, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1922, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of blah

 (Entry 1 of 2)

chiefly US : a feeling of being bored, tired, etc.
: silly or meaningless talk



English Language Learners Definition of blah (Entry 2 of 2)

chiefly US, informal
: not interesting or unusual : dull or boring
: without energy or enthusiasm

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