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blath·​er·​ing ˈbla-t͟h(ə-)riŋ How to pronounce blathering (audio)
plural blatherings
: 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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: 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

Examples of blathering in a Sentence

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Latino leaders trampled over themselves in the wake of the racist tape to demand that De León resign, even though his blatherings broke no laws. Gustavo Arellano, Los Angeles Times, 9 Apr. 2023 No, the Jordan Montgomery Revenge Game may not spawn a limited Netflix series, but a strong showing against the club that traded him despite gobbling up largely quality innings will certainly incite some blathering back in New York. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, 5 Aug. 2022 Such blathering might play for the Stephen Millers of the world, but Elder’s thoughts on the matter are wildly out of touch with Californians. Los Angeles Times, 4 Sep. 2021 During the same period, though, Nietzsche was castigating German tendencies toward nationalist chauvinism and anti-Semitism—conspicuous elements in Wagner’s political blatherings. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, 7 Oct. 2019 Many viewers had moved on by the time Biden did some of his worst blathering. Margaret Sullivan, Washington Post, 13 Sep. 2019 Sure, there’s Dodd-Frank, which passed in 2010 after congressional blathering about arresting bankers. Andy Kessler, WSJ, 9 Sep. 2018 The Union-Tribune’s 1994 SDMA review was the first to lament the nonstop blathering by the audience. George Varga,, 15 Mar. 2018 Jeff Bergman voices Trump as a blathering, mischievous little scamp, running around Washington, D.C., and trying to get his grubby little hands on the nuclear football. Scott Meslow, GQ, 9 Feb. 2018
In the end, the story was driven by a blathering press release full of typically questionable science buzzwords. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, 25 Oct. 2019 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1826, in the meaning defined above


1825, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of blathering was in 1825

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“Blathering.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2023.

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