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

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blatherer \ ˈbla-​t͟hər-​ər How to pronounce blatherer (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 Jerome blathered with joy as Tiny walked slowly into her house. Rion Amilcar Scott, The New Yorker, "Shape-ups at Delilah’s," 30 Sep. 2019 And when the deed was accomplished, it was considered bad form to blather indecorously about it to media. National Geographic, "Meet Nepal's new 'action hero' climber," 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., "Gay-hating Alabama mayor is sorry, just not that sorry," 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, "Westworld: Who Cares About the Man in Black?," 17 June 2018 So why would announcers blather and babble throughout the performance? Norman Chad, San Antonio Express-News, "Norman Chad: 23 fascinating facts about sports TV," 26 Mar. 2018 And the phenomenon of people loudly blathering at concerts is endemic at venues large and small. George Varga,, "San Diego Music Awards will, once again, delight and frustrate attendees," 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, "Laurie Metcalf Was Hiding in Plain Sight," 21 Feb. 2018 And don’t blather to me about how the time members spend back in the district talking with real constituents is even more important than time spent in the Washington cesspool. Michelle Cottle, The Atlantic, "Vacation's All They Ever Wanted," 17 June 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Sports is taking some time off, but the bullcorn and blather will continue unabated. Scott Ostler,, "Sports on hold, but no shortage of lying and greed," 14 Mar. 2020 Billy is a motivational speaker who no longer believes his self-actualizing blather. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, "In ‘Run,’ a Romantic Comedy That Breaks Free," 10 Apr. 2020 The pandemic has relegated the Biden campaign to incoherent blather broadcast from the candidate’s basement. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, "It’s the President’s Prerogative to Name a COVID-19 Spending Watchdog He Trusts," 8 Apr. 2020 On the other hand, though: The big national news media, a purveyor of blather and bile in the best of times, have spent the last month wearing a caul of rotten blubber. James Lileks, National Review, "The Blather and the Bile," 16 Apr. 2020 After setting the scene with talk-radio clips spouting the usual anti-immigrant blather, McMillin gives a very brief history of the game that typically draws more than 20,000 avid fans, and that some in the community think about all year. John Defore, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The All-Americans': Film Review," 7 Nov. 2019 This mindfulness also offers an opportunity to leave your screens behind and remove yourself, if only for a while, from the blather, furor and demands of a 24/7 world. Washington Post, "The winter garden is full of promise and productivity. Don’t let it go to waste.," 20 Nov. 2019 That’s a lot of blather for one stage, and the pressure will be on the moderators, CNN’s Erin Burnett and Anderson Cooper and New York Times national editor Marc Lacey, to keep the night on track., "Fourth Democratic presidential debate looming - The Boston Globe," 3 Oct. 2019 On the economy, however, Europe needs a lot more than blather. The Economist, "A singular opportunity," 12 Sep. 2019

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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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“Blather.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of blather

: foolish or dull talk or writing that continues for a long time

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