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

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
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Oh Mercy being one them), but for the most part the Voice of All Generations Ever was spittin’ nothing but drivel. Liza Lentini, SPIN, 20 July 2022 When this film becomes just another example of Hollywood drivel — the late-career version of an actor trying to establish himself — the mirror-image car chases and shoot-outs don’t allow for audience discernment. Armond White, National Review, 22 Apr. 2022 Netflix is continuing to pump out forgettable reality show drivel that will do nothing to fix its problems. Andy Meek, BGR, 25 Apr. 2022 More money, more pressure, more problems, more ambitions, more New Age drivel. The New Yorker, 28 Mar. 2022 At best, there’s a fanboy favorite, Michael Mann, and the rest — Malcolm D. Lee, Patty Jenkins, Kasi Lemmons, Jon M. Chu, and Aaron Sorkin — have made films that can politely be dismissed as drivel. Armond White, National Review, 23 Mar. 2022 So when the latest would-be Einstein announces yet another theory, my eyes start to glaze over in anticipation of drivel and disappointment. Julian Baggini, WSJ, 9 Dec. 2021 Not even Dunst could elevate this slapdash slice of man-child drivel. Matthew Jacobs, Vulture, 2 Dec. 2021 Sadly, that sort of circular drivel is what passes for deep thinking on race today. Jason L. Riley, WSJ, 13 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Scary plagues are ravaging the planet while drivelers drivel. Arkansas Online, 26 July 2021 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 See More

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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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“Drivel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2022.

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