Drivelling

drivel

[driv-uhl]
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:
before 1000; Middle English dryvelen, variant of drevelen, Old English dreflian; akin to draff

driveler; especially British, driveller, noun
drivelingly; especially British, drivellingly, adverb
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drivel (ˈdrɪvəl)
 
vb , (US) -els, -elling, -elled, -els, -eling, -eled
1.  to allow (saliva) to flow from the mouth; dribble
2.  (intr) to speak foolishly or childishly
 
n
3.  foolish or senseless talk
4.  saliva flowing from the mouth; slaver
 
[Old English dreflian to slaver; see draff]
 
'driveller
 
n
 
'driveler
 
n

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drivel
O.E. dreflian "to dribble or run at the nose," from P.Gmc. *drablojanan. Related: Driveling.
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