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Silly nonsense.‘don't talk such drivel!’
nonsense, twaddle, claptrap, balderdash, gibberish, rubbish, mumbo jumborot, tommyrot, poppycock, phooey, hot air, eyewash, piffle, garbage, tripe, waffle, bosh, bull, bunk, blah, hogwash, baloneycobblers, codswallop, cock, stuff and nonsense, tosh, double dutchflapdoodle, blathers, wack, bushwa, applesaucebunkumcrap, bullshit, bollocks, ballscrapolabulldustView synonyms
- ‘Following these rules has dragged even the big networks into broadcasting drivel in their news bulletins in a demented and ultimately unproductive effort to keep their viewer numbers high.’
- ‘How dare HE, publisher of drivel, insult MY work!’
- ‘He could have spouted some generic administrative drivel like ‘The university is behind Katie and we are taking these allegations seriously.’’
- ‘I don't mean to knock my own writing, but in all honesty, if I can write a better manuscript about my experiences with bipolar disorder, there's no way this drivel should be in print.’
- ‘He doesn't even realise that nobody is stupid enough to buy such absolute drivel.’
- ‘In one he said: ‘I started to look at this point by point but it is drivel.’’
- ‘To ban smoking breaks and then insult workers by talking drivel about acupuncture is complete and utter nonsense.’
- ‘But kids talk a lot, and as well as the usual gossipy drivel, I can't help but hear them spill a remarkable amount of private information that would horrify their parents.’
- ‘If the authors of this drivel had attended school, they would understand that schools do teach each religion impartially and without prejudice to give a balanced view of each faith.’
- ‘It's hard to give yourself to anything and that's what makes it beautiful, even on days when you write a bit of drivel, forget where the troops moved next, or step on your partner's foot.’
- ‘Such anthropomorphic drivel is codswallop, no matter who says it.’
- ‘Then he comes into this House, along with his colleagues, and talks a lot of drivel and absolute nonsense.’
- ‘What we are hearing now is just total drivel and rubbish.’
- ‘Now that I have been granted this opportunity to ‘share’ with a new audience I feel compelled to make the most of this before everyone is lulled by my drivel into wishing that each post was my last.’
- ‘It is particularly ironic that someone who writes complete drivel 95% of the time should be reprimanded and hounded into apologising for the one article where he is spot on.’
- ‘I was astonished to read this meaningless drivel, and alarmed that the Herald would have any interest in publishing it - to the point of placing it on the main page.’
- ‘Now we'll see the difference between banal mass-market drivel and true untutored garbage.’
- ‘It's a truly vast and comprehensive resource, and usually a good 90% reliable - although in the nature of things, at any given time any given article may be utter drivel.’
- ‘I'd hand-write sheets and sheets of inane drivel and daily nonsense to all and sundry.’
- ‘I'd gather few would listen to the programmes which pump out the often sinister drivel, partly because the product is not on news stands, in magazines or on the family telly - hopefully.’
1Talk nonsense.‘he was driveling on about the glory days’
talk nonsense, talk rubbish, babble, ramble, gibber, burble, blather, blether, prate, prattle, gabble, chatter, twitter, maunderwaffle, witter on, gab, talk through one's hatbullshitView synonyms
- ‘Boredom descended once again as the match drivelled towards the conclusion.’
- ‘The shout driveled along the snow, weak and muffled.’
- ‘He seems to cast his male characters as spineless imbeciles, and spend the rest of the novel drivelling an apology on behalf of the whole of his gender.’
- ‘It is a bit weird that the judges are constantly drivelling about innovation and blah.’
- ‘In his cups, Partridge may have drivelled out a whole string of indiscretions, at a time when Susan was moving in and out of the kitchen about her business.’
- ‘They descend on my memory somewhat here though I do dimly remember us drivelling on about many other subjects.’
- ‘The bad news is that we will now have to endure more drivel about ‘curses.’’
- ‘I happen to think that you drivel on quite nicely.’
- ‘I still enjoy creating and maintaining what you see here and, as I've said before, whilst that remains the case then I shall continue to keep on driveling.’
2archaic Let saliva or mucus flow from the mouth or nose; dribble.
salivate, dribble, slaver, slobber, water at the mouthView synonyms
- ‘Saliva driveled out his mouth, mucous out his nose.’
- ‘Ever since he driveled on my hand whilst I held apiece of zinc plating that he was cutting out in the field I realized that he was more than just a scientific supervisor.’
- ‘The elder is ever drivelling, the younger never has any salival discharge.’
Old English dreflian ( drivel), of uncertain origin; perhaps related to draff.
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