Definition of blather in US English:

blather

verb

[no object]
  • Talk long-windedly without making very much sense.

    ‘she began blathering on about spirituality and life after death’
    • ‘He was terrible by the way, blathering on about something.’
    • ‘And now, without any further blathering, I shall begin.’
    • ‘Whatever they've done has also fixed the problem I blathered about last week.’
    • ‘I've blathered about this before, but it still drives me crackers on a regular basis.’
    • ‘When will he stop blathering about the morality of others and look to his own sorry affairs?’
    • ‘At his team's training camp, he was blathering on about the year he had in Mexico almost a decade back.’
    • ‘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!’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘You didn't spend an obscene amount on the catering just to have it grow cold as one of your guests blathers on.’
    • ‘Next week, the place I work has its corporate performance assessment which I've blathered about plenty of times before now.’
    • ‘This essay blathers on about philosophy and the sense of life but there's nothing especially offensive there.’
    • ‘Stop blathering about how much it's bothering you.’
    • ‘I was blathering, and to be honest, I was fooling myself.’
    • ‘You are almost certainly wondering what the heck I'm blathering on about this time.’
    • ‘That isn't going to stop the blogger from blathering on about it.’
    • ‘Anyway, one of his contestants came on the air and blathered away.’
    • ‘I'm on the extroverted side overall and I do blather on.’
    • ‘According to the comment a couple of posts below, I have to stop blathering about trains now.’
    • ‘He's blathering, but in a constructive way: the big decisions have been right.’
    prattle, babble, chatter, twitter, prate, gabble, jabber, go on, run on, rattle away, rattle on, yap, jibber-jabber, patter, blether, blither, maunder, ramble, drivel
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noun

  • Long-winded talk with no real substance.

    • ‘This kind of blather, meaningless but essentially harmless, suggests that he might be perfectly suited to make the leap from show business to politics.’
    • ‘That dried-up worthless twit once again obscures the real point with blather.’
    • ‘So I'm not inclined to edit tonight's blather for clarity.’
    • ‘Now, I've a great deal of respect for him, but clearly this is blather of the first order.’
    • ‘Why not drop in daily for your regular dose of nonsensical blather, rambling introspection and stolen links?’
    • ‘It's clear that for all his blather, he thought that he was taking a most un-courageous stand.’
    • ‘Real thinking should prevail, not liberal 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.’
    • ‘There will also be the usual blather about healing wounds and moving on, but such false consolation will ring especially hollow this time around.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Ironically, given all the contemporary blather about ethics, it's much easier for today's ethically challenged reporter to thrive.’
    • ‘While these changes seem like legalese blather, they actually represent a significant change in policy.’
    • ‘I think that between the heat and her blather, I might well have been physically sick if I'd had to attend.’
    • ‘Most of it is uninspired blather - and usually wrong.’
    • ‘I am not one for sentimental blather.’
    • ‘Is that just blather, or is it a reasonable comment?’
    • ‘The blather from both sides obscures the real, but largely hidden, agenda behind the tax cuts.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Come on, let's hear some more of your childish blather.’
    • ‘The article itself is the usual nonsensical blather about creating housing projects along ideological lines.’
    prattle, chatter, twitter, babble, talk, prating, gabble, jabber, blether, rambling
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Origin

Late Middle English (as a verb; originally Scots and northern English dialect): from Old Norse blathra ‘talk nonsense’, from blathr ‘nonsense’.

Pronunciation

blather

/ˈblaT͟Hər//ˈblæðər/