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 drivelling (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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driveler \ ˈdri-​v(ə-​)lər How to pronounce driveler (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 To many observers, such a diet of drivel would be a recipe for despair — or at least jadedness. Mark Leibovich, New York Times, "The Political Junkie Runs for President," 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, "What perpetual war looks like in America," 4 Aug. 2019 The rumour mill has been filled with intriguing news stories, worrying tales of player exits and some absolute drivel., "Transfer Rumours: Three-Way Fight for Onana, Rodgers' Celtic Raid & More Bruno Fernandes Talk," 4 Nov. 2019 There's been a recent boom in young adult and teen series on TV, especially on streaming services (even HBO is getting into the mix), leading to a lot of good programming for Generation Z – and some mediocre drivel. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "A definitive ranking of teen TV series from '13 Reasons Why' to 'Daybreak'," 30 Aug. 2019 Its most powerful motif is the spread, a debate technique that calls for blasting your opponent with a drivel of information. Christine Smallwood, Harper's magazine, "Novel, Essay, Poem," 16 Sep. 2019 That's 95 million hollering hot heads spewing defamatory drivel. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "Road rage is on the rise. Here's how to survive these dangerous encounters.," 10 Sep. 2019 This is drivel based on an erroneous understanding of how the atmosphere gets its oxygen. Rich Lowry, National Review, "The Amazon Scam," 30 Aug. 2019 In fact, this year opened with its share of sexist drivel., "After Sexism, #MeToo, & Protests, What's Next For Women At The Cannes Film Festival?," 17 May 2018 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,, "Doping in Olympics and White House: Darcy cartoon," 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 8 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of drivel

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: foolish writing or speech


How to pronounce drivel (audio)

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

informal : to talk in a very foolish or silly way

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