twad·​dle | \ ˈtwä-dᵊl How to pronounce twaddle (audio) \

Definition of twaddle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : silly idle talk : drivel
b : something insignificant or worthless : nonsense that idea is pure twaddle
2 : one that twaddles : twaddler


twaddled; twaddling\ ˈtwäd-​liŋ How to pronounce twaddling (audio) , ˈtwä-​dᵊl-​iŋ \

Definition of twaddle (Entry 2 of 2)

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twaddler \ ˈtwäd-​lər How to pronounce twaddler (audio) , ˈtwä-​dᵊl-​ər \ noun

Examples of twaddle in a Sentence

Noun We don't believe that twaddle anymore. the novel's elaborate theory detailing a supposed 2,000-year-old conspiracy is mostly tiresome twaddle
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun To their immense credit, Oasis didn’t traffic in peace-and-love twaddle but reveled in their roles as snarling pub louts who became kings of the pop world. Kyle Smith, National Review, "A Bad Boy Faces Middle Age," 11 Sep. 2019 After Colangelo was removed and the new order installed, there has been the standard twaddle about working to achieve collaborative decisions among the team’s leaders. Bob Ford,, "Brett Brown gets to really call the shots for the Sixers | Bob Ford," 18 June 2018 And just like that, America turned Thursday from harrumphing about Roseanne Barr's racist Twitter twaddle to sputtering about Samantha Bee's profane TV patter. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "Samantha Bee vs Roseanne Barr: Double standard? Twitter reacts," 31 May 2018 The word is chiefly British, deriving from footle, as a verb meaning to act or talk foolishly, to waste time, and as a noun meaning twaddle or nonsense. John E. Mcintyre,, "In a word: footling," 14 Feb. 2018 In this ultra-premium, jargon-forward twaddle, the only acceptable word is ‘ Rami Grunbaum, The Seattle Times, "Financial Times columnist roasts Starbucks chairman Schultz for ‘ugly business jargon’," 19 July 2017 Gone is the original’s joyful sense of mischief; what’s left is an inoffensive piece of twaddle that never fully appreciates the ineluctable bond between community spirit and a drop of the hard stuff. Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, "Review: Even Laughs Are Rationed in a ‘Whisky Galore!’ Reboot," 11 May 2017

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First Known Use of twaddle


1782, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1826, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for twaddle


probably alteration of English dialect twattle idle talk

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The first known use of twaddle was in 1782

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“Twaddle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of twaddle

informal + old-fashioned : foolish words or ideas

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