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: nonsense
Don't waste your time reading such drivel.
archaic : drool sense 1


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driv·​el ˈdri-vəl How to pronounce drivel (audio)
driveled or drivelled; driveling or drivelling ˈdri-v(ə-)liŋ How to pronounce drivel (audio)

intransitive verb

: to talk stupidly and carelessly
What is he driveling about now?
: to let saliva dribble from the mouth : slaver
driveler noun

Examples of drivel in a Sentence

Noun that critic's reviews are nothing but self-important drivel my roommate talks in her sleep, but it's just drivel Verb What is he driveling about now? the panting dog driveled on my hand
Recent Examples on the Web
And please, stop with the additional-funding drivel. Andrew C. McCarthy, National Review, 27 Jan. 2024 That puts Disney, a reputable brand that aims to be as inoffensive as possible, in the company of Fox News, the only other major television broadcaster that comes to mind that allows for the irresponsible and unchecked airing of such anti-intellectual drivel. Wire Service, The Mercury News, 10 Jan. 2024 As if the conflict between Israel and Hamas isn’t complicated enough, navigating X for up-to-the-minute dispatches now means having to comb through layers of xenophobic drivel, doctored and/or mislabeled videos and more disinformation-spewing bots than Facebook circa 2016. Lorraine Ali, Los Angeles Times, 10 Oct. 2023 Alas, the discussion confirms that this kind of drivel has gained real traction of late. Miles Klee, Rolling Stone, 21 Aug. 2023 DeSantis rightly knocked it down as condescending drivel. Matthew Continetti, National Review, 27 May 2023 They aren’t asked to try to mine comedy from being too old to dance at a wedding or some such drivel. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, 14 Mar. 2023 Absolutely exhausting, boring drivel. Declan Gallagher,, 24 Oct. 2022 The media coverage had its own problems: Journalists are still in non-confrontational beat-sweetener mode, while some liberal legal commentators praised Garland’s performance in the most overwrought and effusive terms possible and turned out pointless drivel in its wake. Ankush Khardori, The New Republic, 2 Mar. 2021
Our campuses are a mess — citadels of conformism and drivel. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, 19 Dec. 2023 Gretchen Bender superimposes potent phrases or ideas onto television screens blaring out the usual stream of nonsense, drivel and enticement. Philip Kennicott, Washington Post, 6 Apr. 2023 Scary plagues are ravaging the planet while drivelers drivel. Arkansas Online, 26 July 2021 No one elected Laura Ingraham either, that hasn't stopped her from dribbling pro-Trump drivel out of her mouth every night. Jeff Darcy,, 21 Feb. 2018 See More

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Word History


Verb and Noun

Middle English, from Old English dreflian; perhaps akin to Old Norse draf malt dregs

First Known Use


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of drivel was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Drivel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 verb
driv·​el ˈdriv-əl How to pronounce drivel (audio)
driveled or drivelled; driveling or drivelling -(ə-)liŋ How to pronounce drivel (audio)
: to let saliva dribble from the mouth : slobber
: to talk stupidly
driveler noun
or driveller


2 of 2 noun

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