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[blith -er] /ˈblɪð ər/
verb (used without object)
to talk foolishly; blather:
He's blithering about some problem of his.
Origin of blither
1865-70; variant of blather Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for blithering
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  • Thomas Mugridge was beside himself, a blithering imbecile, so pleased was he at chumming thus with the captain.

    The Sea-Wolf Jack London
  • Some of their Professors should be able to do good work in the blithering line.

  • It would be very easy to make a blithering ass of himself again—with her—because of her.

    Burned Bridges Bertrand W. Sinclair
  • The London public won't stand that sort of blithering twaddle.'

    The Man Upstairs P. G. Wodehouse
  • I'll let the blithering class slide if you don't give me the towel!

    The New Machiavelli Herbert George Wells
  • And to think of her as the wife of that blithering little ass—that nincompoop of a Karl Brabetz!

    The Man From Brodney's George Barr McCutcheon
  • Shorty, a man would be a blithering lunatic if he didn't keep on backing a winning system like mine.

    Smoke Bellew Jack London
  • Stand up, you blithering fool, and tell us what you mean by raising such a fuss.

    The Four Pools Mystery Jean Webster
  • Why in God's name could he think clearly and yet only talk like a blithering fool?

    Erik Dorn Ben Hecht
  • Look here, Jack, has everybody on the blithering police force gone crazy about pajamas?

    The Haunted Pajamas Francis Perry Elliott
British Dictionary definitions for blithering


talking foolishly; jabbering
(informal) stupid; foolish: you blithering idiot
Word Origin
C19: variant of blather + -ing²
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Word Origin and History for blithering

1880, present participle adjective (from the first typically with idiot) from blither (v.) "to talk nonsense." From 1872 as a verbal noun.



1868, variant of blether "talk nonsense," 1520s, a northern British and Scottish word, from Middle English blather (see blather (v.)). Related: Blithered; blithering.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for blithering



Senseless or incoherent: blithering idiot (1889+)

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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