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blather

[blath -er] /ˈblæð ər/
noun
1.
foolish, voluble talk:
His speech was full of the most amazing blather.
verb (used without object), verb (used with object)
2.
to talk or utter foolishly; blither; babble:
The poor thing blathered for hours about the intricacies of his psyche.
Also, blether.
Origin
Middle English; Old Norse blathra to chatter, blabber
Related forms
blatherer, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for blathering

blather

/ˈblæðə/
verb
1.
(intransitive) to speak foolishly
noun
2.
foolish talk; nonsense
3.
a person who blathers
Word Origin
C15: from Old Norse blathra, from blathr nonsense
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Word Origin and History for blathering

blather

v.

1520s, Scottish, probably from a Scandinavian source such as Old Norse blaðra "mutter, wag the tongue," perhaps of imitative origin. Related: Blathered; blathering.

n.

1787, from blather (v.).

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Slang definitions & phrases for blathering

blather

noun

Noisy nonsense; bullshit (1780s+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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