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blather Syllabification: blath·er
Pronunciation: /ˈblaT͟Hər/
(also bletherˈbleT͟Hər or blitherˈbliT͟Hər)

Definition of blather in English:


[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.
prattle, babble, chatter, twitter, prate, go on, run on, rattle on, yap, jabber, maunder, ramble, burble, drivel, blabber, gab
informal yak, yatter, yammer, bloviate, talk a blue streak


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Long-winded talk with no real substance.
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.
prattle, chatter, twitter, babble, prating, gabble, jabber, rambling
informal yatter, twaddle, gobbledygook
vulgar slang verbal diarrhea


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

Words that rhyme with blather

foregather, gather, slather

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