Definition of blah in English:

blah

noun

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

    ‘talking all kinds of blah to him’
    • ‘Despite all the blah-blah about the ‘value’ of friendship, that's not what I wanted from them.’
    • ‘I thought it would be really boring and blah if she just gave in to Devon immediately, I mean she's not stupid.’
    • ‘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 think it's a lot of publicity, and blah, blah, blah.’
    • ‘It is a bit weird that the judges are constantly drivelling about innovation and blah.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘That leaves a lot of space for non-consequential blah in between.’
    • ‘Here's where the usual blah-blah about telling our own stories our own way comes in.’
    • ‘Along with the expected blah-blah it boasts that it's the only school in the province that educates students older than sixteen.’
    • ‘Instead of left and right, we just don't like the bland, blah-blah, pointless, and point-of-view-less media we're getting.’
    • ‘After lots of blah blahs on the pros and cons of a relationship, he concludes that they should not be together.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Amid the usual blah-blah of political rhetoric, I found this assertion really offensive.’
    • ‘On the other hand, all this blah-blah about change and platforms and national footprint and internationalism is surely powerful, too.’
    • ‘Set aside all the blah-blah about whether he should be indicting people for perjury.’
    • ‘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.’’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 know it is a beautiful and magical time in a woman's life, I know all the advice-column blah-blah is absolutely true.’
    nonsense, twaddle, claptrap, balderdash, gibberish, rubbish, mumbo jumbo
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  • 2the blahsNorth American Depression.

    ‘a case of the blahs’
    • ‘So earlier this week I had the blahs and couldn't figure out why.’
    • ‘Eventually, the holiday blahs afflict most of us.’
    • ‘Also, do fun reading that temporarily distracts you from the blahs.’
    • ‘There's nothing like having writer's block, a cold and a bad case of the blahs on the same day.’
    • ‘I know what you mean about the blahs - nothing like powder skiing to drive them away.’
    • ‘Well, it's time to shake the winter blahs right here, right now.’
    • ‘Mercury, the entertainment planet, is opposite your sign, giving you a case of the blahs.’
    • ‘Even if it's a brisk walk to the store and back, do something to shake the late afternoon 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.’
    • ‘The following are some suggestions to stay healthy and overcome the blahs.’
    • ‘Having fun is the best way to banish the blahs and reap physical benefits.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A series of chuckles erupted against her wishes, threatening the blahs.’
    • ‘Here in the midst of the winter blahs, one's mind veers toward nostalgia.’
    • ‘Beat the winter blahs and get the family motivated with an indoor obstacle course.’
    • ‘Fall melancholy turns into the winter blahs shortly after Thanksgiving for this Chicago girl.’
    • ‘This is a simple on-line game for the Monday morning blahs.’
    • ‘The doctor's been working on a drug to cure people with a manic case of the blahs.’
    • ‘You may be one of millions of people who suffer from the February blahs or winter blues, medically known as Seasonal Affective Disorder.’
    • ‘Why not melt those winter blahs away for good with a couple of hot shows?’
    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.

    • ‘I am not sure if I would rather have an extreme year like that, or a blah year like 2004.’
    • ‘That new novel that I was looking forward to was pretty blah.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘For a lead story, it's a mostly blah article with nothing new to say.’
    • ‘The escapade and following chase sequence are pretty exciting, leading up to a somewhat blah ending.’
    • ‘The latest episodes of the show have just been blah.’
    • ‘I decided to put my hair in a bun, not a stuffy, boring, blah one; but a classy, yet fun and flirty one.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I'm not usually this irritable, but tonight's just been such a blah night.’
    • ‘It's perfectly acceptable but otherwise about as blah and nutritious as eating sawdust.’
    • ‘She always wore a peasant skirt, ranging from a blah crème color to a blah brown color.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Nothing happens for an hour and a half, it just meanders on and on, the storyline diverges into two equally blah-blah plotlines.’
    • ‘Today has been a pretty blah sort of day, nothing special.’
    • ‘It was underpowered, the brakes were very mushy, and the styling and interior were very blah.’
    • ‘Each and every one of us was so unique… and we had such a blah last name.’
    • ‘The same problems plague these as well: uninteresting camera shots and blah execution by the actors.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘What it's done is ditch a blah celebrity in favor of a wow celebrity.’
    • ‘What kind of blah, boring, plain, girl wears shoes without heels?’

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’
    • ‘‘Oh, I must uphold the school's so-called perfect image, blah, blah, blah,’ I laughed.’
    • ‘Some time ago life was a real hassle to me, I hated my job, I hated my life, blah-blah you know?’
    • ‘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 let him babble on about how he looked forward to ‘helping out the team, working with the coach, 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.’
    • ‘You might not think it's worthwhile now, but you're going to be a hero, blah, blah, blah.’
    • ‘Tell her you love her all over again, blah, blah, blah.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If I'm walking home, minding my own business, they roll up on me and, you know, harass me, blah, blah, blah.’
    • ‘They come up with terms like ‘progressive,’ and ‘open-minded,’ and ‘moderate,’ and blah, blah, blah.’
    • ‘He suggested that the information society will empower the poor, combat world hunger, ensure environmental sustainability, and blah, and blah, and blah.’
    • ‘For months, the talk has been about trimming an ornamental detail here or there, eliminating this room, lowering that ceiling, 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘You know how they try to play up how ‘humane’ they are, using the ‘best science,’ blah, blah, blah…’
    • ‘I know, I'm a cruel bastard, 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.’

Origin

Early 20th century (originally US): imitative.

Pronunciation

blah

/blɑː/