- saliva flowing from the mouth, or mucus from the nose; slaver.
- childish, silly, or meaningless talk or thinking; nonsense; twaddle.
- to let saliva flow from the mouth or mucus from the nose; slaver.
- to talk childishly or idiotically.
- Archaic. to issue like spittle.
- to utter childishly or idiotically.
- to waste foolishly.
Origin of drivel
Examples from the Web for drivelling
"I can only say, once more, I'm as innocent as the drivelling snow," repeated Leander.The Tinted Venus
His enthusiasm for nature was but the drivelling sensibility of the drunkard.The Trembling of a Leaf
William Somerset Maugham
This is the mood I hate so—drivelling about his precious family.The Second Mrs. Tanqueray
Sir Arthur Wing Pinero
Here am I drivelling on just as if I knew what I was talking about.Juliette Drouet's Love-Letters to Victor Hugo
I was in drivelling dotage, to think that she would be aught else than the rest of them.
- to allow (saliva) to flow from the mouth; dribble
- (intr) to speak foolishly or childishly
- foolish or senseless talk
- saliva flowing from the mouth; slaver
Word Origin and History for drivelling
Old English dreflian "to dribble or run at the nose, slobber," from Proto-Germanic *drablojanan, from PIE *dher- "to make muddy." Meaning "to speak nonsense" is mid-14c. Related: Driveling, drivelling.
early 14c., drevel "saliva, slaver," from drivel (v.). Meaning "idiotic speech or writing" is from 1852.