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[mass noun] Idle gossip.‘a bore whose bavardage could easily unsettle one's reason’
tittle-tattle, tattle, whispers, stories, tales, canards, titbitsView synonyms
- ‘Thus, the public - and the academy - is assaulted with abstract social work or political bavardage that is alien, irrelevant, and unreal.’
- ‘Such bavardage (foolish chatter) is not getting us anywhere; this is supposed to be a review of the past 12 months of football madness.’
French, from bavarder to chatter, from bavard talkative, from bave drivel.
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