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


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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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

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On the economy, however, Europe needs a lot more than blather. The Economist, "A singular opportunity," 12 Sep. 2019 The key point to keep in mind about WeWork, when the baroque deal-making and new age blather is backed out, is that its business model seems almost to be begging to blow itself into smithereens. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, "Column: WeWork carries Silicon Valley’s ‘unicorn’ craze to its absurd limits," 12 Sep. 2019 Polo, who is first glimpsed almost 40 minutes into the movie and thereafter figures only marginally, remains a cipher; his troubled history is secondary to the tiresomely circuitous blather of Ema, Gaston and everyone else. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Ema': Film Review | Venice 2019," 31 Aug. 2019 His tone and cadence take after the saccharine blather of the great Christian pitchmen of radio and TV, the hucksters who mastered the catch in the throat, the tremulous quaver and gulp, because as every pro knows that’s where the money is. Barton Swaim, WSJ, "Politics Books: The Fire This Time," 27 Sep. 2018 The last thing most CEOs want to do in the heat of some highly charged, emotional debate is blather on about the realities of commerce. Sam Walker, WSJ, "You’re a CEO—Stop Talking Like a Political Activist," 27 July 2018 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

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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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