Definition of blithering in English:



  • [attributive] Senselessly talkative, babbling; used chiefly as an intensive to express annoyance or contempt.

    ‘a blithering idiot’
    • ‘He looked me slowly up and down as if I was some kind of blithering idiot.’
    • ‘Through some strange process of absorption, many otherwise intelligent individuals become blithering idiots under the barrage of abuse that is pledging.’
    • ‘However, unlike his predecessor, he was a blithering idiot with charm and charisma.’
    • ‘Then what am I paying you for you blithering idiot?’
    • ‘I was sure he thought I was a blithering idiot or worse.’
    • ‘It is blithering nonsense to suggest that customers are being ripped off by thousands of pounds a minute.’
    • ‘Not that he's a blithering idiot or anything but he tends to be forgetful, a lot.’
    • ‘What better tribute to the blithering indecision that has made us the nation we are today?’
    • ‘We'd have to be blithering morons to put ourselves so far out there without rock-solid evidence.’
    • ‘You aren't the blithering idiot the past few have been, and I have this feeling that you're not racist.’
    • ‘Apparently, it never occurred to this blithering idiot that I had actually given thought to how my material was presented.’
    • ‘It is to my eternal shame that I am absent-minded and occasionally a blithering idiot.’
    • ‘And he is free to be a blithering moron, because there is no law against being a blithering moron.’
    • ‘Who was the blithering idiot that came up with that one?’
    • ‘Now our guys are dying everyday because of a blithering miscalculation on your part.’
    • ‘He was used to my being a blithering idiot in his presence and the confidence of my lie seemed to throw him off.’
    • ‘Following that moment of blithering mayhem, she had punched the car into drive after shoving the key mercilessly into its sheath.’
    • ‘How could you be such a blithering, unconscious cretin?’
    • ‘A blithering idiot is never considerably likable, nor a worthy companion to anyone knowledgeable.’
    • ‘I will quickly write something intelligent tomorrow to atone for the blithering idiot I am tonight.’
    complete, total, utter
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Late 19th century: from blither + -ing.