Definition of drivel in English:

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drivel

Pronunciation: /ˈdrivəl/

noun

Silly nonsense: don’t talk such drivel!
More example sentences
  • Now we'll see the difference between banal mass-market drivel and true untutored garbage.
  • Such anthropomorphic drivel is codswallop, no matter who says it.
  • I'd hand-write sheets and sheets of inane drivel and daily nonsense to all and sundry.
Synonyms
nonsense, twaddle, claptrap, balderdash, gibberish, rubbish, mumbo jumbo, garbage
informal poppycock, piffle, tripe, bull, hogwash, baloney, codswallop, flapdoodle, jive, guff, bushwa
informal,, dated tommyrot, bunkum
vulgar slang crapola, verbal diarrhea

verb (drivels, driveling, driveled ; British drivels, drivelling, drivelled)

[no object]
1Talk nonsense: he was driveling on about the glory days
More example sentences
  • It is a bit weird that the judges are constantly drivelling about innovation and blah.
  • Boredom descended once again as the match drivelled towards the conclusion.
  • I still enjoy creating and maintaining what you see here and, as I've said before, whilst that remains the case then I shall continue to keep on driveling.
Synonyms
talk nonsense, talk rubbish, babble, ramble, gibber, blather, prattle, gabble, waffle
2 archaic Let saliva or mucus flow from the mouth or nose; dribble.
Example sentences
  • The elder is ever drivelling, the younger never has any salival discharge.
  • Saliva driveled out his mouth, mucous out his nose.
  • Ever since he driveled on my hand whilst I held apiece of zinc plating that he was cutting out in the field I realized that he was more than just a scientific supervisor.

Derivatives

driveler

Pronunciation: /ˈdrivələr/
(British driveller) noun
Example sentences
  • It is mindless drivel fueled by mindless drivelers.
  • Although I'm much more of a jabberer than a driveler this sounds like a good group for lots of useless talk.

Origin

Old English dreflian (sense 2 of the verb), of uncertain origin; perhaps related to draff.

Words that rhyme with drivel

civil, shrivel, snivel, swivel
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