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[blath -er] /ˈblæð ər/
foolish, voluble talk:
His speech was full of the most amazing blather.
verb (used with or without object)
to talk or utter foolishly; blither; babble:
The poor thing blathered for hours about the intricacies of his psyche.
Also, blether.
Origin of blather
Middle English; Old Norse blathra to chatter, blabber
Related forms
blatherer, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Rattleton spent much time on blather's education—so did Rattleton's friends.

    Harvard Stories Waldron Kintzing Post
  • Do you know no better than blather at the top of your voice like that?

    Kilgorman Talbot Baines Reed
  • Let them blather on; they won't hurt you, as long as you know them for what they are.

    The Whirligig of Time Wayland Wells Williams
  • Is this a conundrum or blather, invented to hide your ignominy in a cloud of words?

    The Invader Margaret L. Woods
  • blather's most prominent virtue of all was devotion to his master, and his affection was fully returned.

    Harvard Stories Waldron Kintzing Post
  • I invented a happaratus for extracting stone and gravel from the blather, without any operation at all.

British Dictionary definitions for blather


(intransitive) to speak foolishly
foolish talk; nonsense
a person who blathers
Word Origin
C15: from Old Norse blathra, from blathr nonsense
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for blather

1520s, Scottish, probably from a Scandinavian source such as Old Norse blaðra "mutter, wag the tongue," perhaps of imitative origin. Related: Blathered; blathering.


1787, from blather (v.).


1787, from blather (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for blather



Noisy nonsense; bullshit (1780s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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