Definition of blah in US English:

blah

noun

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

    ‘the first 20 pages are a lot of blah about budgets and stuff like that’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Set aside all the blah-blah about whether he should be indicting people for perjury.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘On the other hand, all this blah-blah about change and platforms and national footprint and internationalism is surely powerful, too.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Amid the usual blah-blah of political rhetoric, I found this assertion really offensive.’
    • ‘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.’’
    • ‘Despite all the blah-blah about the ‘value’ of friendship, that's not what I wanted from them.’
    • ‘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.’’
    • ‘All categories of cards - the mushy ones with a lot of sentimental blah-blah or the humorous ones - are all available on the Net.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Instead of left and right, we just don't like the bland, blah-blah, pointless, and point-of-view-less media we're getting.’
    • ‘It is a bit weird that the judges are constantly drivelling about innovation and 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’
    • ‘Mercury, the entertainment planet, is opposite your sign, giving you a case of the blahs.’
    • ‘Also, do fun reading that temporarily distracts you from the blahs.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A series of chuckles erupted against her wishes, threatening the blahs.’
    • ‘This is a simple on-line game for the Monday morning blahs.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘So earlier this week I had the blahs and couldn't figure out why.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Here in the midst of the winter blahs, one's mind veers toward nostalgia.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Even if it's a brisk walk to the store and back, do something to shake the late afternoon blahs.’
    • ‘Having fun is the best way to banish the blahs and reap physical benefits.’
    • ‘Why not melt those winter blahs away for good with a couple of hot shows?’
    • ‘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.

    ‘the game has been very blah’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘That new novel that I was looking forward to was pretty 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.’
    • ‘The latest episodes of the show have just been blah.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘The escapade and following chase sequence are pretty exciting, leading up to a somewhat blah ending.’
    • ‘Nothing happens for an hour and a half, it just meanders on and on, the storyline diverges into two equally blah-blah plotlines.’
    • ‘I decided to put my hair in a bun, not a stuffy, boring, blah one; but a classy, yet fun and flirty one.’
    • ‘I am not sure if I would rather have an extreme year like that, or a blah year like 2004.’
    • ‘It was underpowered, the brakes were very mushy, and the styling and interior were very blah.’
    • ‘She always wore a peasant skirt, ranging from a blah crème color to a blah brown color.’
    • ‘For a lead story, it's a mostly blah article with nothing new to say.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Today has been a pretty blah sort of day, nothing special.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It's perfectly acceptable but otherwise about as blah and nutritious as eating sawdust.’
    • ‘I'm not usually this irritable, but tonight's just been such a blah night.’

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’
    • ‘If I'm walking home, minding my own business, they roll up on me and, you know, harass me, 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.’
    • ‘You might not think it's worthwhile now, but you're going to be a hero, 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘Oh, I must uphold the school's so-called perfect image, blah, blah, blah,’ I laughed.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘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…’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I let him babble on about how he looked forward to ‘helping out the team, working with the coach, blah, blah, blah.’’
    • ‘I know, I'm a cruel bastard, 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.’
    • ‘They come up with terms like ‘progressive,’ and ‘open-minded,’ and ‘moderate,’ and blah, blah, blah.’

Origin

Early 20th century (originally US): imitative.

Pronunciation

blah

/blɑ//blä/