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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Other Words from drivel


driveler \ ˈdri-​v(ə-​)lər How to pronounce driveler (audio) \ noun

Examples of drivel in a Sentence


that critic's reviews are nothing but self-important drivel my roommate talks in her sleep, but it's just drivel


What is he driveling about now? the panting dog driveled on my hand
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 Many critics admire its creativity, while others have panned it as unintelligible drivel. Debra Filcman, Chicago Reader, "Arts / Books Sean Penn and Stuart Dybek talk about Penn's new novel, which neither of them quite understands," 10 Apr. 2018 The Spectrum viewers are being punished enough without having to listen to this drivel., "Letters: Jansen will get no relief from the fans," 7 Apr. 2018 Leave it to folks in the education field to convert a simple calculation into meaninglessness drivel and to explain it in a deliberately obtuse way. Lauren Ritchie,, "'High impact' teacher definition blurred by Department of Education mumbo jumbo," 23 Mar. 2018 There was some drivel about Darnold supposedly wanting to concentrate on his interviews with various teams during the NFL Combine. Terry Pluto,, "Cleveland Browns and the promises of John Dorsey -- Terry Pluto (video)," 28 Feb. 2018 From start to finish, Giessel's commentary that appeared Jan. 9 was incoherent, rambling drivel. Anchorage Daily News, "Readers write: Letters to the editor, January 10, 2018," 10 Jan. 2018 But Allen, for all of his directorial brilliance, is no Williams or O'Neill, and rather than coming off as eloquent or intelligent, the exchanges between his characters read like pretentious drivel. Patrick Cooley,, "Master filmmaker Woody Allen's latest effort 'Wonder Wheel' is getting mixed reviews. Should you see it anyway?," 12 Dec. 2017 Such drivel has been widespread, from the fringes of the right-wing internet to mainstream conservative organs. Graham Vyse, New Republic, "Conservatives: Hurricane Heroism Disproves Racism," 8 Sep. 2017

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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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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concealment of treason or felony

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