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blathering

noun blath·er·ing \ ˈbla-t͟h(ə-)riŋ \

Definition of blathering

: foolish or nonsensical talk or writing
  • … liked to conduct five meetings at once, moving back and forth between them, looking for the moment when the blathering was done and the dealing had begun.
  • —Karen Breslau
  • … the self-justifying blatherings of politicians …
  • —Robertson Davies

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First Known Use of blathering

1826


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blathering

adjective

Definition of blathering

: engaging in or characterized by foolish or nonsensical talk or writing
  • … the rantings and ravings of blathering scientists and religious literalists …
  • —Michael Gregory
  • … the decade's salient features: blathering ignorance, smug hypocrisy, institutionalized fraud and vengeful polarization—all too dangerous to be merely absurd.
  • —H. Jack Geiger

First Known Use of blathering

1825


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