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drivel

[driv-uh l] /ˈdrɪv əl/
noun
1.
saliva flowing from the mouth, or mucus from the nose; slaver.
2.
childish, silly, or meaningless talk or thinking; nonsense; twaddle.
verb (used without object), driveled, driveling or (especially British) drivelled, drivelling.
3.
to let saliva flow from the mouth or mucus from the nose; slaver.
4.
to talk childishly or idiotically.
5.
Archaic. to issue like spittle.
verb (used with object), driveled, driveling or (especially British) drivelled, drivelling.
6.
to utter childishly or idiotically.
7.
to waste foolishly.
Origin
1000
before 1000; Middle English dryvelen, variant of drevelen, Old English dreflian; akin to draff
Related forms
driveler; especially British, driveller, noun
drivelingly; especially British, drivellingly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for driveler

drivel

/ˈdrɪvəl/
verb -els, -elling, -elled (US) -els, -eling, -eled
1.
to allow (saliva) to flow from the mouth; dribble
2.
(intransitive) to speak foolishly or childishly
noun
3.
foolish or senseless talk
4.
saliva flowing from the mouth; slaver
Derived Forms
driveller, (US) driveler, noun
Word Origin
Old English dreflian to slaver; see draff
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Word Origin and History for driveler

drivel

v.

Old English dreflian "to dribble or run at the nose, slobber," from Proto-Germanic *drablojanan, from PIE *dher- "to make muddy." Meaning "to speak nonsense" is mid-14c. Related: Driveling, drivelling.

n.

early 14c., drevel "saliva, slaver," from drivel (v.). Meaning "idiotic speech or writing" is from 1852.

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