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twaddle

[twod-l] /ˈtwɒd l/
noun
1.
trivial, feeble, silly, or tedious talk or writing.
verb (used without object), twaddled, twaddling.
2.
to talk in a trivial, feeble, silly, or tedious manner; prate.
verb (used with object), twaddled, twaddling.
3.
to utter as twaddle.
Origin of twaddle
1540-1550
1540-50; variant of twattle, blend of twiddle and tattle
Related forms
twaddler, noun
twaddly, adjective
Synonyms
1. drivel, nonsense, prattle, rubbish.
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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

twaddle

/ˈtwɒdəl/
noun
1.
silly, trivial, or pretentious talk or writing; nonsense
verb
2.
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
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Word Origin and History for twaddle
n.

"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

twaddle

noun

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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