Definition of blah in English:

blah

noun

informal
  • 1[mass noun] Used to refer to something which is boring or without meaningful content:

    ‘talking all kinds of blah to him’
    • ‘The lyrics aren't any worse than usual, but I've never had so little else to hold my attention than this blah-blah love-everyone impressionistic nonsense.’
    • ‘Despite all the blah-blah about the ‘value’ of friendship, that's not what I wanted from them.’
    • ‘It is a bit weird that the judges are constantly drivelling about innovation and blah.’
    • ‘The press sought to discredit us as naive rich kids, the police bullied and criminalized us and the government dismissed our valid concerns as ‘blah, blah, blah.’’
    • ‘That leaves a lot of space for non-consequential blah in between.’
    • ‘It seems every building's name starts with ‘National’, such as the National Press Building, the National Theatre and the National Museum of blah-blah.’
    • ‘I thought it would be really boring and blah if she just gave in to Devon immediately, I mean she's not stupid.’
    • ‘To be bored to tears, fighting sleep, regarding his conversation as blah, blah, blah, and feeling you cannot get a word in edgewise are pretty unambiguous signs of, let us say, incompatibility.’
    • ‘Here's where the usual blah-blah about telling our own stories our own way comes in.’
    • ‘Here's some blah-blah from the table of contents about it: ‘As robots become more anthropomorphic, they are engaging with us in disconcertingly emotional ways.’’
    • ‘I know it is a beautiful and magical time in a woman's life, I know all the advice-column blah-blah is absolutely true.’
    • ‘Set aside all the blah-blah about whether he should be indicting people for perjury.’
    • ‘Amid the usual blah-blah of political rhetoric, I found this assertion really offensive.’
    • ‘After lots of blah blahs on the pros and cons of a relationship, he concludes that they should not be together.’
    • ‘All categories of cards - the mushy ones with a lot of sentimental blah-blah or the humorous ones - are all available on the Net.’
    • ‘I thought it was really terrific how he had boiled so much nonsense away and kept a particular track through the midst of all this confusion and hoopla and blah-blah.’
    • ‘I think it's a lot of publicity, and blah, blah, blah.’
    • ‘Along with the expected blah-blah it boasts that it's the only school in the province that educates students older than sixteen.’
    • ‘On the other hand, all this blah-blah about change and platforms and national footprint and internationalism is surely powerful, too.’
    • ‘Instead of left and right, we just don't like the bland, blah-blah, pointless, and point-of-view-less media we're getting.’
    nonsense, twaddle, claptrap, balderdash, gibberish, rubbish, mumbo jumbo
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  • 2North American the blahsDepression:

    ‘a case of the blahs’
    • ‘Fall melancholy turns into the winter blahs shortly after Thanksgiving for this Chicago girl.’
    • ‘A series of chuckles erupted against her wishes, threatening the blahs.’
    • ‘Mercury, the entertainment planet, is opposite your sign, giving you a case of the blahs.’
    • ‘The doctor's been working on a drug to cure people with a manic case of the blahs.’
    • ‘That this list appears in a free publication that's widely available, however, qualifies it as a cheap escape from the blahs for the duration of the time it takes to read it.’
    • ‘This is a simple on-line game for the Monday morning blahs.’
    • ‘I am in the throes of the January blahs, that seasonal depression that is brought on every year at this time by intense cold and lack of sunlight.’
    • ‘Having fun is the best way to banish the blahs and reap physical benefits.’
    • ‘Well, it's time to shake the winter blahs right here, right now.’
    • ‘You may be one of millions of people who suffer from the February blahs or winter blues, medically known as Seasonal Affective Disorder.’
    • ‘Here in the midst of the winter blahs, one's mind veers toward nostalgia.’
    • ‘Eventually, the holiday blahs afflict most of us.’
    • ‘There's nothing like having writer's block, a cold and a bad case of the blahs on the same day.’
    • ‘Also, do fun reading that temporarily distracts you from the blahs.’
    • ‘Even if it's a brisk walk to the store and back, do something to shake the late afternoon blahs.’
    • ‘The following are some suggestions to stay healthy and overcome the blahs.’
    • ‘So earlier this week I had the blahs and couldn't figure out why.’
    • ‘Why not melt those winter blahs away for good with a couple of hot shows?’
    • ‘Beat the winter blahs and get the family motivated with an indoor obstacle course.’
    • ‘I know what you mean about the blahs - nothing like powder skiing to drive them away.’
    depression, melancholy, gloom, gloominess, glumness, downheartedness, dejection, despondency, dispiritedness, heavy-heartedness, heartache, unhappiness, sadness, misery, woe, dismalness, despair, pessimism, hopelessness
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adjective

North American
informal
  • Dull or unexciting.

    • ‘If her priority is to be with you - or at least to not be languishing in a blah marriage - then she should think of ways around these roadblocks.’
    • ‘I decided to put my hair in a bun, not a stuffy, boring, blah one; but a classy, yet fun and flirty one.’
    • ‘That new novel that I was looking forward to was pretty blah.’
    • ‘I am not sure if I would rather have an extreme year like that, or a blah year like 2004.’
    • ‘What it's done is ditch a blah celebrity in favor of a wow celebrity.’
    • ‘For a lead story, it's a mostly blah article with nothing new to say.’
    • ‘The latest episodes of the show have just been blah.’
    • ‘Today has been a pretty blah sort of day, nothing special.’
    • ‘I once got repeatedly flamed and sent virus-laden emails because I said I thought the concept of the Rock Hall of Fame was kind of blah.’
    • ‘I'm not usually this irritable, but tonight's just been such a blah night.’
    • ‘What kind of blah, boring, plain, girl wears shoes without heels?’
    • ‘She always wore a peasant skirt, ranging from a blah crème color to a blah brown color.’
    • ‘Its heart is in the right place, and the cast is outstanding, but pacing issues and a blah story sour what could have been a sweet fruit.’
    • ‘It's perfectly acceptable but otherwise about as blah and nutritious as eating sawdust.’
    • ‘The escapade and following chase sequence are pretty exciting, leading up to a somewhat blah ending.’
    • ‘It was underpowered, the brakes were very mushy, and the styling and interior were very blah.’
    • ‘The same problems plague these as well: uninteresting camera shots and blah execution by the actors.’
    • ‘Each and every one of us was so unique… and we had such a blah last name.’
    • ‘Every now and then, a project will come along that seizes my imagination and engages my brain but most of the time it's predictable and blah.’
    • ‘Nothing happens for an hour and a half, it just meanders on and on, the storyline diverges into two equally blah-blah plotlines.’

exclamation

informal
  • Used to substitute for actual words in contexts where these are felt to be too tedious or lengthy to give in full:

    ‘he said nations great and small could come together to blah blah blah’
    • ‘I let him babble on about how he looked forward to ‘helping out the team, working with the coach, blah, blah, blah.’’
    • ‘‘Oh, I must uphold the school's so-called perfect image, blah, blah, blah,’ I laughed.’
    • ‘Well, they got five or six irate letters saying that the university was promoting a liberal stance, and that the university should never engage in politics, blah, blah, blah.’
    • ‘The department is saying something completely different, that the programs were available for everybody, why didn't they apply, blah, blah, blah, and the list goes on.’
    • ‘I mumbled something about not living in Norway for many years, that I didn't know about the rule of car seats for big children, blah, blah, blah.’
    • ‘It is a good, basic introduction to accessibility, it links to good tutorials and has a small steps section, e.g. if you don't feel ready to add a new template to your blog you can start small by blah, blah.’
    • ‘The biggest fib, for want of a better word, was that two of the boys in the band had devised the name by blah, blah, blah.’
    • ‘There was a point where they said they thought the threat had possibly been overstated, and then they started to question their sources, and blah, blah, blah.’
    • ‘Some time ago life was a real hassle to me, I hated my job, I hated my life, blah-blah you know?’
    • ‘If I'm walking home, minding my own business, they roll up on me and, you know, harass me, blah, blah, blah.’
    • ‘Plus I've got to go for a blood test at my GP, and get this security card or something that gets me into special medical things, and blah.’
    • ‘Tell her you love her all over again, blah, blah, blah.’
    • ‘You know how they try to play up how ‘humane’ they are, using the ‘best science,’ blah, blah, blah…’
    • ‘I've often heard the changing seasons used as a metaphor for the different times in a person's life. You know the thing; spring for youth, summer for young adult, blah, blah, blah.’
    • ‘You might not think it's worthwhile now, but you're going to be a hero, blah, blah, blah.’
    • ‘They come up with terms like ‘progressive,’ and ‘open-minded,’ and ‘moderate,’ and blah, blah, blah.’
    • ‘It is not the happy fairy who is here but the one who says what are you doing with your life, what is it about you that you can't get a job, blah etc.’
    • ‘He suggested that the information society will empower the poor, combat world hunger, ensure environmental sustainability, and blah, and blah, and blah.’
    • ‘I know, I'm a cruel bastard, blah, blah, blah…’
    • ‘For months, the talk has been about trimming an ornamental detail here or there, eliminating this room, lowering that ceiling, blah, blah, blah.’

Origin

Early 20th century (originally US): imitative.

Pronunciation:

blah

/blɑː/