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blather

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Pronunciation: /ˈblaðə
 
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(also blither or chiefly Scottish blether)

Definition of blather in English:

verb

[no object]
Talk long-windedly without making very much sense: she began blathering on about spirituality and life after death (as noun blathering) now stop your blathering and get back to work
More example sentences
  • According to the comment a couple of posts below, I have to stop blathering about trains now.
  • When will he stop blathering about the morality of others and look to his own sorry affairs?
  • That isn't going to stop the blogger from blathering on about it.
Synonyms

noun

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Long-winded talk with no real substance: all the blather coming out of Washington about crime
More example sentences
  • That dried-up worthless twit once again obscures the real point with blather.
  • Real thinking should prevail, not liberal blather.
  • The blather from both sides obscures the real, but largely hidden, agenda behind the tax cuts.
Synonyms
Scottish & Northern English informal havers
North American informal garbage, flapdoodle, blathers, wack, bushwa, applesauce
informal , dated bunkum, tommyrot, cod, gammon, toffee
vulgar slang shit, bullshit, horseshit, crap, bollocks, balls
Australian/New Zealand vulgar slang bulldust
archaic clack, twattle

Origin

late Middle English (as a verb; originally Scots and northern English dialect): from Old Norse blathra 'talk nonsense', from blathr 'nonsense'.

Derivatives

blatherer

1
noun
Example sentences
  • Anybody who can abide the blatherers on channel 9 deserves a nomination for Australian of the Year.
  • He saw academics generally as "liberal blatherers."
  • I will have to continue to ride sedately until I am clear of the drunks, bus-rushers and blind Blackberry blatherers.

Words that rhyme with blather

foregather, gather, slather

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