- trivial, feeble, silly, or tedious talk or writing.
- to talk in a trivial, feeble, silly, or tedious manner; prate.
- to utter as twaddle.
Origin of twaddle
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1. drivel, nonsense, prattle, rubbish.
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Examples from the Web for twaddle
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?Put Yourself in His Place
Cunningham must have his joke, so he is beguiling you with twaddle about hunting pearls.The Pagan Madonna
They aren't cooped up with servants and tea parties and twaddle.The Longest Journey
E. M. Forster
- silly, trivial, or pretentious talk or writing; nonsense
- to talk or write (something) in a silly or pretentious way
C16 twattle, variant of twittle or tittle; see tittle-tattle
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Word Origin and History for twaddle
"silly talk," 1782, probably from twattle (1550s), of obscure origin.
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