I am a drivelling old maid, and have taught you all manner of nonsense, and now I have got you into trouble.
"I can only say, once more, I'm as innocent as the drivelling snow," repeated Leander.
In my present mood I find no alternative between rageing and drivelling.
His enthusiasm for nature was but the drivelling sensibility of the drunkard.
Your Yankee Government is a failure, Honoré, a drivelling failure.
This is the mood I hate so—drivelling about his precious family.
I was in drivelling dotage, to think that she would be aught else than the rest of them.
Here am I drivelling on just as if I knew what I was talking about.
Another day—a whole precious day devoured by your drivelling nonsense!
You can't be such a drivelling fool; and a fellow of your age too!
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.