Definition of blather in English:



  • Talk long-windedly without making very much sense.

    ‘she began blathering on about spirituality and life after death’
    ‘now stop your blathering and get back to work’
    • ‘At his team's training camp, he was blathering on about the year he had in Mexico almost a decade back.’
    • ‘When will he stop blathering about the morality of others and look to his own sorry affairs?’
    • ‘Next week, the place I work has its corporate performance assessment which I've blathered about plenty of times before now.’
    • ‘According to the comment a couple of posts below, I have to stop blathering about trains now.’
    • ‘This essay blathers on about philosophy and the sense of life but there's nothing especially offensive there.’
    • ‘You are almost certainly wondering what the heck I'm blathering on about this time.’
    • ‘He gave a long and well-intentioned but muddleheaded and boring speech about the whole concept he keeps blathering on about.’
    • ‘This from the man who blathers on about not giving away our sovereignty to foreigners on human rights!’
    • ‘That isn't going to stop the blogger from blathering on about it.’
    • ‘I've blathered about this before, but it still drives me crackers on a regular basis.’
    • ‘He was terrible by the way, blathering on about something.’
    • ‘Anyway, one of his contestants came on the air and blathered away.’
    • ‘Stop blathering about how much it's bothering you.’
    • ‘You didn't spend an obscene amount on the catering just to have it grow cold as one of your guests blathers on.’
    • ‘He's blathering, but in a constructive way: the big decisions have been right.’
    • ‘I was blathering, and to be honest, I was fooling myself.’
    • ‘In an age in which billions would starve if not for the use of artificial fertilizers in agriculture, they blather on about small-scale organic farming.’
    • ‘Whatever they've done has also fixed the problem I blathered about last week.’
    • ‘I'm on the extroverted side overall and I do blather on.’
    • ‘And now, without any further blathering, I shall begin.’
    prattle, babble, chatter, twitter, prate, gabble, jabber, go on, run on, rattle away, rattle on, yap, jibber-jabber, patter, blether, blither, maunder, ramble, drivel
    yak, yackety-yak, yabber, yatter
    witter, rabbit, chunter, natter, waffle
    twaddle, clack, twattle
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  • Long-winded talk with no real substance.

    • ‘There will also be the usual blather about healing wounds and moving on, but such false consolation will ring especially hollow this time around.’
    • ‘I think that between the heat and her blather, I might well have been physically sick if I'd had to attend.’
    • ‘The blather from both sides obscures the real, but largely hidden, agenda behind the tax cuts.’
    • ‘Is that just blather, or is it a reasonable comment?’
    • ‘Real thinking should prevail, not liberal blather.’
    • ‘I am not one for sentimental blather.’
    • ‘So I'm not inclined to edit tonight's blather for clarity.’
    • ‘It's clear that for all his blather, he thought that he was taking a most un-courageous stand.’
    • ‘Most of it is uninspired blather - and usually wrong.’
    • ‘While these changes seem like legalese blather, they actually represent a significant change in policy.’
    • ‘Ironically, given all the contemporary blather about ethics, it's much easier for today's ethically challenged reporter to thrive.’
    • ‘Why not drop in daily for your regular dose of nonsensical blather, rambling introspection and stolen links?’
    • ‘Come on, let's hear some more of your childish blather.’
    • ‘Maybe the channel is having a hard time recruiting talking heads or something but I'm hearing an awful lot of this kind of bizarre blather lately.’
    • ‘The article itself is the usual nonsensical blather about creating housing projects along ideological lines.’
    • ‘Just when we think we can't possibly bear any more, we're forced to endure another round of empty blather about how committed people are to improving this city.’
    • ‘That dried-up worthless twit once again obscures the real point with blather.’
    • ‘Now, I've a great deal of respect for him, but clearly this is blather of the first order.’
    • ‘Now, I've no specific objection to one's needy compulsion to share mundane personal blather but, for myself, I find it pointless and distracting.’
    • ‘This kind of blather, meaningless but essentially harmless, suggests that he might be perfectly suited to make the leap from show business to politics.’
    prattle, chatter, twitter, babble, talk, prating, gabble, jabber, blether, rambling
    nonsense, rubbish, balderdash, gibberish, claptrap
    yackety-yak, yabbering, yatter, rot, tripe, twaddle, hogwash, baloney, drivel, bilge, bosh, bull, bunk, guff, eyewash, piffle, poppycock, phooey, hooey, malarkey, dribble
    wittering, nattering, chuntering, cobblers, codswallop, stuff and nonsense, tosh, cack
    garbage, flapdoodle, blathers, wack, bushwa, applesauce
    bunkum, tommyrot, cod, gammon, toffee
    shit, bullshit, horseshit, crap, bollocks, balls
    clack, twattle
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Late Middle English (as a verb; originally Scots and northern English dialect): from Old Norse blathra talk nonsense from blathr nonsense.