Definition of blatherskite in English:


(also bletherskate)


North American
  • 1A person who talks at great length without making much sense.

    • ‘Many of the books we see these days perched perfectly in high street seasonal window displays are written by static, worn-out, curmudgeonly blatherskites.’
    • ‘Have you noticed those two blatherskites are creeping ever nearer to usurp you as champion posters?’
    • ‘People who talk a lot and say little are called blatherskites.’
    • ‘Disillusioned with events in the publishing world, he decided to turn his back on the mainstream bookish blatherskites and focus on independent literary fiction and culture.’
    • ‘Candidates were referred to as blatherskites, big-nothings, stuffed shirts, jellyfish, etc.’
    • ‘No self-respecting activist desires to have his cause championed by any such horde of loud-mouthed, blatant blatherskites.’
    talker, chatterer, jabberer, babbler, prattler, blatherer, prater
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    1. 1.1mass noun Foolish talk; nonsense.
      ‘politicians get away all the time with obscurantist blatherskite’
      • ‘He makes up figures, he makes up stories, and he is full of blatherskite.’


Mid 17th century: from blather + skite, a Scots derogatory term adopted into American colloquial speech during the War of Independence from the Scottish song Maggie Lauder, by F. Semphill, which was popular with American troops.