Definition of drivel in English:



  • [mass noun] Nonsense.

    ‘don't talk such drivel!’
    • ‘In one he said: ‘I started to look at this point by point but it is drivel.’’
    • ‘Following these rules has dragged even the big networks into broadcasting drivel in their news bulletins in a demented and ultimately unproductive effort to keep their viewer numbers high.’
    • ‘How dare HE, publisher of drivel, insult MY work!’
    • ‘He doesn't even realise that nobody is stupid enough to buy such absolute drivel.’
    • ‘It's hard to give yourself to anything and that's what makes it beautiful, even on days when you write a bit of drivel, forget where the troops moved next, or step on your partner's foot.’
    • ‘Such anthropomorphic drivel is codswallop, no matter who says it.’
    • ‘But kids talk a lot, and as well as the usual gossipy drivel, I can't help but hear them spill a remarkable amount of private information that would horrify their parents.’
    • ‘It's a truly vast and comprehensive resource, and usually a good 90% reliable - although in the nature of things, at any given time any given article may be utter drivel.’
    • ‘Now we'll see the difference between banal mass-market drivel and true untutored garbage.’
    • ‘I was astonished to read this meaningless drivel, and alarmed that the Herald would have any interest in publishing it - to the point of placing it on the main page.’
    • ‘I'd hand-write sheets and sheets of inane drivel and daily nonsense to all and sundry.’
    • ‘What we are hearing now is just total drivel and rubbish.’
    • ‘I'd gather few would listen to the programmes which pump out the often sinister drivel, partly because the product is not on news stands, in magazines or on the family telly - hopefully.’
    • ‘It is particularly ironic that someone who writes complete drivel 95% of the time should be reprimanded and hounded into apologising for the one article where he is spot on.’
    • ‘To ban smoking breaks and then insult workers by talking drivel about acupuncture is complete and utter nonsense.’
    • ‘If the authors of this drivel had attended school, they would understand that schools do teach each religion impartially and without prejudice to give a balanced view of each faith.’
    • ‘Then he comes into this House, along with his colleagues, and talks a lot of drivel and absolute nonsense.’
    • ‘I don't mean to knock my own writing, but in all honesty, if I can write a better manuscript about my experiences with bipolar disorder, there's no way this drivel should be in print.’
    • ‘Now that I have been granted this opportunity to ‘share’ with a new audience I feel compelled to make the most of this before everyone is lulled by my drivel into wishing that each post was my last.’
    • ‘He could have spouted some generic administrative drivel like ‘The university is behind Katie and we are taking these allegations seriously.’’
    nonsense, twaddle, claptrap, balderdash, gibberish, rubbish, mumbo jumbo
    rot, tommyrot, poppycock, phooey, hot air, eyewash, piffle, garbage, tripe, waffle, bosh, bull, bunk, blah, hogwash, baloney
    cobblers, codswallop, cock, stuff and nonsense, tosh, double dutch
    flapdoodle, blathers, wack, bushwa, applesauce
    crap, bullshit, bollocks, balls
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  • 1Talk nonsense.

    ‘he was drivelling on about the glory days’
    • ‘I happen to think that you drivel on quite nicely.’
    • ‘I still enjoy creating and maintaining what you see here and, as I've said before, whilst that remains the case then I shall continue to keep on driveling.’
    • ‘He seems to cast his male characters as spineless imbeciles, and spend the rest of the novel drivelling an apology on behalf of the whole of his gender.’
    • ‘In his cups, Partridge may have drivelled out a whole string of indiscretions, at a time when Susan was moving in and out of the kitchen about her business.’
    • ‘The bad news is that we will now have to endure more drivel about ‘curses.’’
    • ‘They descend on my memory somewhat here though I do dimly remember us drivelling on about many other subjects.’
    • ‘Boredom descended once again as the match drivelled towards the conclusion.’
    • ‘It is a bit weird that the judges are constantly drivelling about innovation and blah.’
    • ‘The shout driveled along the snow, weak and muffled.’
    talk nonsense, talk rubbish, babble, ramble, gibber, burble, blather, blether, prate, prattle, gabble, chatter, twitter, maunder
    waffle, witter on, gab, talk through one's hat
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  • 2archaic Let saliva or mucus flow from the mouth or nose.

    ‘the nurse leaves you to drivel, and never wipes your nose’
    • ‘The elder is ever drivelling, the younger never has any salival discharge.’
    • ‘Saliva driveled out his mouth, mucous out his nose.’
    • ‘Ever since he driveled on my hand whilst I held apiece of zinc plating that he was cutting out in the field I realized that he was more than just a scientific supervisor.’
    salivate, dribble, slaver, slobber, water at the mouth
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Old English dreflian (in drivel), of uncertain origin; perhaps related to draff.