blath·​er | \ˈbla-t͟hər \
blathered; blathering\ ˈbla-​t͟h(ə-​)riŋ \

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 \ noun

Examples of blather in a Sentence


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

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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

Despite a lot of blather about liberals and progressives, to be a Democrat under Mr Trump is mainly to be pro-liberal democracy and protective of immigrants, minorities and other targets of the president. The Economist, "Berned out," 7 June 2018 And Tillerson made no attempt to play along with some blather about a mutual agreement. Howard Kurtz, Fox News, "Trump fires Tillerson for irreconcilable differences, as the media predicted months ago," 14 Mar. 2018 No more blather about entering tournaments expecting only to win. Ron Kroichick, San Francisco Chronicle, "Tiger Woods’ wayward play mightcost him dearly at Riviera," 14 Feb. 2018 The president* blithers and blathers and congratulates himself, all the while lying and being really ignorant. Charles P. Pierce, Esquire, "This Administration Is a Plague, and It Might Just Release One," 20 Dec. 2017 Based on five episodes made available for preview, things remain uneven -- the first episode is dragged down by more conspiracy blather, interminable voiceover and way too many apocalyptic predictions of doom. Kristi Turnquist,, "TV This Week: New Year's Eve; 'The X-Files'; 'The Bachelor'; Dave Chappelle; '9-1-1'; 'LA to Vegas'," 31 Dec. 2017 Is Basically a 9-to-5 While Beatty blathers about getting the wrong envelope, the shocked rightful winners fill in behind him. GQ, "The Best, Weirdest, and Most Surprising TV Show Moments in 2017," 9 Dec. 2017 Writer-director James Gray highlights Fawcett’s exceptionalism by contrasting his quiet confidence with the immodest blather that issues from just about everyone else. June Thomas, Slate Magazine, "The Lost City of Z," 13 Apr. 2017 These quiet, toothy marsupials don’t create trash or stab one another or blather on about Game of Thrones or slip paper bags full of cash under tables to pay off blackmail. Jason Nark,, "Charges filed in Bloomsburg U. opposum scandal," 3 Nov. 2017

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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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English Language Learners Definition of blather

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

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something that serves to warn or remind

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