blath·​er | \ ˈbla-t͟hər How to pronounce blather (audio) \
blathered; blathering\ ˈbla-​t͟h(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce blather (audio) \

Definition of blather

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to talk foolishly at length often used with on



Definition of blather (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : voluble nonsensical or inconsequential talk or writing

Other Words from blather


blatherer \ ˈbla-​t͟hər-​ər How to pronounce blather (audio) \ noun

Examples of blather in a Sentence

Noun listening to a lot of blather from politicians about who's to blame for the bad economy wanted to retire quietly and without all the blather of an office send-off
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Isn’t this the same group of folks who love to blather on about the wonders of the free market system? Dave Lieber, Dallas News, 21 May 2021 Jerome blathered with joy as Tiny walked slowly into her house. Rion Amilcar Scott, The New Yorker, 30 Sep. 2019 And when the deed was accomplished, it was considered bad form to blather indecorously about it to media. National Geographic, 24 May 2019 The people who live in Carbon Hill, and places like it, need attention for so many other reasons than a chuckleheaded mayor blathering nonsense, privately or publicly, about who needs to die in a second Civil War., 6 June 2019 In flashback, there was William the philanthropist, hosting fancy fundraisers and sighing as nasty rich people blathered on at him. The Atlantic, 17 June 2018 So why would announcers blather and babble throughout the performance? Norman Chad, San Antonio Express-News, 26 Mar. 2018 And the phenomenon of people loudly blathering at concerts is endemic at venues large and small. George Varga,, 15 Mar. 2018 Metcalf asked Shepard why her character said so little when her husband would blather on and on. Willa Paskin, New York Times, 21 Feb. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun There was also a lot of blather about that season's philosophical earworms, from cancel culture to gender essentialism. Virginia Heffernan, Wired, 31 Mar. 2022 Given all the commercials, referee timeout checks and half-time blather, both genders really need a two-hour time limit for a 40-minute game. Bob Hill, The Courier-Journal, 7 Mar. 2022 Hear this week’s episode, plus all 12 entertaining interviews from last year (including me in full blather), at, or on most podcast platforms. Washington Post, 8 July 2021 Item: Being hushed by a fellow library patron while Steve continues to blather on, ad nauseam. Brooke Knisley, The New Yorker, 17 Nov. 2020 With Trump, that distance between talk-radio blather — which is designed to get people frothed up enough to keep listening — and presidential messaging — which was always designed to minimize drama — closed completely. Gilbert Garcia,, 31 Oct. 2020 All of this blather about uncertainty might make for good actuarial policy. Libby Watson, The New Republic, 9 Oct. 2020 This season could appeal to anyone yearning for heavy metal Fargo, with sly off-kilter characterization sacrificed to self-important blather and undifferentiated bulletstorms. Darren Franich,, 14 Sep. 2020 Kunzru takes us to 2016, of course: The only possible conclusion to this fable about the emptiness of right-wing blather is the election of Donald Trump. Rumaan Alam, The New Republic, 9 Sep. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of blather


1524, in the meaning defined above


1719, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for blather


Old Norse blathra; akin to Middle High German blōdern to chatter

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