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drivel Syllabification: driv·el
Pronunciation: /ˈdrivəl/

Definition of drivel in English:


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.

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

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1Talk nonsense: he was driveling on about the glory days
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  • 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.
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.


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



(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.

Words that rhyme with drivel

civil, shrivel, snivel, swivel

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