Definition of blah in English:

blah

noun

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

    ‘talking all kinds of blah to him’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘After lots of blah blahs on the pros and cons of a relationship, he concludes that they should not be together.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘That leaves a lot of space for non-consequential blah in between.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Here's where the usual blah-blah about telling our own stories our own way comes in.’
    • ‘I thought it would be really boring and blah if she just gave in to Devon immediately, I mean she's not stupid.’
    • ‘I think it's a lot of publicity, and blah, 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It is a bit weird that the judges are constantly drivelling about innovation and 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.’
    • ‘Along with the expected blah-blah it boasts that it's the only school in the province that educates students older than sixteen.’
    • ‘Amid the usual blah-blah of political rhetoric, I found this assertion really offensive.’
    • ‘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.’’
    nonsense, twaddle, claptrap, balderdash, gibberish, rubbish, mumbo jumbo
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  • 2the blahsNorth American Depression.

    ‘he battled a case of the blahs’
    ‘the winter blahs’
    • ‘A series of chuckles erupted against her wishes, threatening the blahs.’
    • ‘This is a simple on-line game for the Monday morning blahs.’
    • ‘Also, do fun reading that temporarily distracts you from 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.’
    • ‘Mercury, the entertainment planet, is opposite your sign, giving you a 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Having fun is the best way to banish the blahs and reap physical benefits.’
    • ‘Even if it's a brisk walk to the store and back, do something to shake the late afternoon 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.’
    • ‘The following are some suggestions to stay healthy and overcome the blahs.’
    • ‘The doctor's been working on a drug to cure people with a manic case of the blahs.’
    • ‘Why not melt those winter blahs away for good with a couple of hot shows?’
    • ‘Fall melancholy turns into the winter blahs shortly after Thanksgiving for this Chicago girl.’
    • ‘Beat the winter blahs and get the family motivated with an indoor obstacle course.’
    • ‘Well, it's time to shake the winter blahs right here, right now.’
    • ‘Eventually, the holiday blahs afflict most of us.’
    • ‘So earlier this week I had the blahs and couldn't figure out why.’
    • ‘Here in the midst of the winter blahs, one's mind veers toward nostalgia.’
    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.

    ‘his blah feeling’

exclamation

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

    ‘the typical kid, going out every night, 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.’
    • ‘‘Oh, I must uphold the school's so-called perfect image, blah, blah, blah,’ I laughed.’
    • ‘I know, I'm a cruel bastard, 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘For months, the talk has been about trimming an ornamental detail here or there, eliminating this room, lowering that ceiling, 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.’’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He suggested that the information society will empower the poor, combat world hunger, ensure environmental sustainability, and blah, and blah, and blah.’
    • ‘Some time ago life was a real hassle to me, I hated my job, I hated my life, blah-blah you know?’
    • ‘You might not think it's worthwhile now, but you're going to be a hero, 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Tell her you love her all over again, blah, blah, blah.’

Origin

Early 20th century (originally US): imitative.

Pronunciation

blah

/blä//blɑ/