Definition of drivel

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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


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

Definition of drivel (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

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

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Other Words from drivel


driveler \ ˈdri-​v(ə-​)lər How to pronounce drivel (audio) \ 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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This can easily devolve into so much corporate drivel scattered on office walls that hold no real meaning for anyone. Yec, Forbes, 11 Mar. 2021 An excellent point, in the face of a bunch of classless drivel. Heidi Stevens, Star Tribune, 5 Feb. 2021 Much of the discussion has arguably been unfortunate, meaningless, and unintelligible drivel, not really worthy of our time. Kevin Dayhoff,, 11 Sep. 2020 Who knows how many might have spouted Marxist dogma or QAnon conspiracy drivel? Todd J. Gillman, Dallas News, 27 Aug. 2020 Unfortunately, this was not the first instance of Mendoza promoting such drivel. Isaac Schorr, National Review, 26 Aug. 2020 To many observers, such a diet of drivel would be a recipe for despair — or at least jadedness. Mark Leibovich, New York Times, 27 Feb. 2020 The ambulances in America will always be full because men with guns who spend too much time reading drivel on the Internet will never stop killing us. Philip Kennicott, Washington Post, 4 Aug. 2019 The rumour mill has been filled with intriguing news stories, worrying tales of player exits and some absolute drivel., 4 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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

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First Known Use of drivel


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2


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

History and Etymology for drivel

Verb and Noun

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

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

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“Drivel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of drivel

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: foolish writing or speech



English Language Learners Definition of drivel (Entry 2 of 2)

informal : to talk in a very foolish or silly way

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