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[twod-l] /ˈtwɒd l/
trivial, feeble, silly, or tedious talk or writing.
verb (used without object), twaddled, twaddling.
to talk in a trivial, feeble, silly, or tedious manner; prate.
verb (used with object), twaddled, twaddling.
to utter as twaddle.
Origin of twaddle
1540-50; variant of twattle, blend of twiddle and tattle
Related forms
twaddler, noun
twaddly, adjective
1. drivel, nonsense, prattle, rubbish. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for twaddle
Historical Examples
  • I'm a man of the world, and I can appreciate the exact value of that kind of twaddle.

    Henry Dunbar M. E. Braddon
  • How do you figure that kind of twaddle ties in with anything?

    Masters of Space Edward Elmer Smith
  • Will they throw their arms round your neck, and break forth into twaddle?

  • Cunningham must have his joke, so he is beguiling you with twaddle about hunting pearls.

    The Pagan Madonna Harold MacGrath
  • They aren't cooped up with servants and tea parties and twaddle.

    The Longest Journey E. M. Forster
  • I would rather be rude than to listen to twaddle from a man I've known.

    The Longest Journey E. M. Forster
  • "Now let's can all this twaddle and get down to work," he said sharply.

    Ted and the Telephone Sara Ware Bassett
  • Sleep is good for the body, and twaddle is not good for the soul.

  • I hate the twaddle talk of love, whether it's about myself or about any one else.

    The Belton Estate

    Anthony Trollope
  • It was such a comfort to Lady Cashel to have some one to whom she could twaddle!

    The Kellys and the O'Kellys Anthony Trollope
British Dictionary definitions for twaddle


silly, trivial, or pretentious talk or writing; nonsense
to talk or write (something) in a silly or pretentious way
Derived Forms
twaddler, noun
Word Origin
C16 twattle, variant of twittle or tittle; see tittle-tattle
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for twaddle

"silly talk," 1782, probably from twattle (1550s), of obscure origin.

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



Idle talk; blathering (1782+)

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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