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drivel

play
verb driv·el \ˈdri-vəl\

Definition of drivel

driveled

or

drivelled

;

driveling

or

drivelling

play \-v(ə-)liŋ\
  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to let saliva dribble from the mouth :  slaver

  3. 2 :  to talk stupidly and carelessly What is he driveling about now?

driveler

play \-v(ə-)lər\ noun

Examples of drivel in a Sentence

  1. What is he driveling about now?

  2. the panting dog driveled on my hand

Origin and Etymology of drivel

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


First Known Use: before 12th century


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drivel

noun driv·el

Definition of drivel

  1. 1 archaic :  drool 1

  2. 2 :  nonsense Don't waste your time reading such drivel.

Examples of drivel in a Sentence

  1. that critic's reviews are nothing but self-important drivel

  2. my roommate talks in her sleep, but it's just drivel

Origin and Etymology of drivel

see 1drivel


First Known Use: 14th century


DRIVEL Defined for English Language Learners

drivel

play
verb

Definition of drivel for English Language Learners

  • : to talk in a very foolish or silly way

drivel

noun

Definition of drivel for English Language Learners

  • : foolish writing or speech



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