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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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Examples from the Web for blathering
Historical Examples
  • Go out of that door, I'm telling you, and do your blathering below in the glen.

  • You'd be a great one for keeping him steady at his work, for he's after idling and blathering to this hour from the dawn of day.

  • It's some of them blathering Barneys that's after calling me Bridget a widdy.

    The Misfit Christmas Puddings The Consolation Club
  • Some blathering parsons say that this blessed Mission is teaching men to talk cant and Puritanism.

    The Chequers James Runciman
  • But my Irishmen are as jolly as ever, blathering and chaffing each other after their usual fashion.

  • "Neither will I if you do me out of two thousand quid by blathering here," Foley drawled.

    The Three Sapphires W. A. Fraser
  • I should be glad to know what business a pauper body like this has blathering abroad?

  • I am greatly afraid that the head will be turned on Oona with his share of blathering.

    Poets and Dreamers Lady Augusta Gregory and Others
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.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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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.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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