Definition of blah in English:



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

    ‘talking all kinds of blah to him’
    • ‘Along with the expected blah-blah it boasts that it's the only school in the province that educates students older than sixteen.’
    • ‘Here's where the usual blah-blah about telling our own stories our own way comes in.’
    • ‘All categories of cards - the mushy ones with a lot of sentimental blah-blah or the humorous ones - are all available on the Net.’
    • ‘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.’’
    • ‘Despite all the blah-blah about the ‘value’ of friendship, that's not what I wanted from them.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’’
    • ‘That leaves a lot of space for non-consequential blah in between.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘Instead of left and right, we just don't like the bland, blah-blah, pointless, and point-of-view-less media we're getting.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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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  • 2North American Depression.

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

    ‘his blah feeling’


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


Early 20th century (originally US): imitative.