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Definition of blathering

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: 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



Definition of blathering (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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, "Nietzsche’s Eternal Return," 7 Oct. 2019 Many viewers had moved on by the time Biden did some of his worst blathering. Margaret Sullivan, Washington Post, "Biden’s debate performance was either ‘presidential’ or ‘disqualifying’ — depending on your media source," 13 Sep. 2019 Sure, there’s Dodd-Frank, which passed in 2010 after congressional blathering about arresting bankers. Andy Kessler, WSJ, "Lehman: Political and Personal," 9 Sep. 2018 The Union-Tribune’s 1994 SDMA review was the first to lament the nonstop blathering by the audience. George Varga,, "San Diego Music Awards will, once again, delight and frustrate attendees," 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, "Our Cartoon President Makes Us Wonder: Why Can’t Anyone Make a Decent Donald Trump Satire?," 9 Feb. 2018 For the record, there is no Melania Trump body double, but that didn't stop the blathering about it. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "Twitter goes bananas speculating Melania Trump might have a 'body double'," 18 Oct. 2017 Sigh went the audience watching at home, reminding itself to give less and less attention to these blathering, preening monomaniacs. Kyle Smith, National Review, "Trump-Trolling Emmys Serve Up Evening of Lowlights," 18 Sep. 2017 Whatever the reason, not hearing their incessant blathering was surely a blessing. George Varga,, "Traffic jam! Steve Winwood played as San Diego audience yammered nonstop," 15 Sep. 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective In the end, the story was driven by a blathering press release full of typically questionable science buzzwords. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Plastic invisibility cloak hides you from people with plastic brains," 25 Oct. 2019

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1826, in the meaning defined above


1825, in the meaning defined above

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“Blathering.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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