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[blath -er-skahyt] /ˈblæð ərˌskaɪt/
a person given to voluble, empty talk.
nonsense; blather.
Origin of blatherskite
1640-50; blather + skite skate3 Unabridged
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  • The Confederate Major was of the class referred to in polite American parlance, as a "blatherskite."

    Campaigns of a Non-Combatant, George Alfred Townsend
  • Maurice's Jabberwock will begin with his blatherskite nonsense—it will be something to pass the time.

    Prince Fortunatus William Black
  • I want thim to remimber their father as something besides a blatherskite phin they grow up.

    Port O' Gold Louis John Stellman
  • I fancy that blatherskite, Dorsett, wont sail so high tomorrow.

  • What do I care for the Separationist blatherskite more than for the loyal fools?

    Romance Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
British Dictionary definitions for blatherskite


a talkative silly person
foolish talk; nonsense
Word Origin
C17: see blather, skate³
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for blatherskite

c.1650, bletherskate, in Scottish song "Maggie Lauder," which was popular with soldiers in the Continental Army in the American Revolution, hence the colloquial U.S. use for "talkative fellow, foolish talk," especially in early 19c. From blather (v.) + dialectal skite "contemptible person."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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