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

Noun 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
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Jerome blathered with joy as Tiny walked slowly into her house. Rion Amilcar Scott, The New Yorker, "Shape-ups at Delilah’s," 30 Sep. 2019 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This season could appeal to anyone yearning for heavy metal Fargo, with sly off-kilter characterization sacrificed to self-important blather and undifferentiated bulletstorms. Darren Franich,, "Fargo season 4 has a lot of nothing to say about America: Review," 14 Sep. 2020 Kunzru takes us to 2016, of course: The only possible conclusion to this fable about the emptiness of right-wing blather is the election of Donald Trump. Rumaan Alam, The New Republic, "Hari Kunzru’s Reckoning With the Far Right," 9 Sep. 2020 This has become more pronounced since the departure of Shepard Smith, whose 3:00 p.m. show was an island of hard news and high journalistic standards in the Fox wasteland of right-wing misinformation and blather. Bruce Bartlett, The New Republic, "Fox News Shares the Blame for Trump’s Deranged, Ruinous Presidency," 7 Sep. 2020 Smith’s shoot-from-the-lip comment, taken in the context of TV blather, was no big deal. Scott Ostler,, "Sorry, Steph Curry, but Damian Lillard has taken over as Flavor of the Month," 19 Aug. 2020 Conversation spills out in snippets of wisdom or blather. Will Coviello,, "The Ross brothers' dive bar jaunt, 'Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets,' is an intoxicating arthouse film," 10 Aug. 2020 Sports is taking some time off, but the bullcorn and blather will continue unabated. Scott Ostler,, "Sports on hold, but no shortage of lying and greed," 14 Mar. 2020 Billy is a motivational speaker who no longer believes his self-actualizing blather. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, "In ‘Run,’ a Romantic Comedy That Breaks Free," 10 Apr. 2020 The pandemic has relegated the Biden campaign to incoherent blather broadcast from the candidate’s basement. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, "It’s the President’s Prerogative to Name a COVID-19 Spending Watchdog He Trusts," 8 Apr. 2020

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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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“Blather.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2020.

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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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