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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
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  • Will you cease your blather of mutiny and treason and courts-martial?

    Captain Blood Rafael Sabatini
  • Do you know no better than blather at the top of your voice like that?

    Kilgorman Talbot Baines Reed
  • All hell broke loose then, with me and Brock making most of the blather.

    A Spaceship Named McGuire Gordon Randall Garrett
  • Is this a conundrum or blather, invented to hide your ignominy in a cloud of words?

    The Invader Margaret L. Woods
  • Rattleton spent much time on blather's education—so did Rattleton's friends.

    Harvard Stories Waldron Kintzing Post
  • 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
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
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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.).

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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