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


(intransitive) to speak foolishly
foolish talk; nonsense
a person who blathers
Word Origin
C15: from Old Norse blathra, from blathr nonsense
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Word Origin and History for blathering



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


1787, from blather (v.).

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Slang definitions & phrases for blathering



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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