foolish, voluble talk: His speech was full of the most amazing blather.

verb (used with or without object)

to talk or utter foolishly; blither; babble: The poor thing blathered for hours about the intricacies of his psyche.

Also blether.

Origin of blather

Middle English; Old Norse blathra to chatter, blabber
Related formsblath·er·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for blather

babble, chatter, nonsense, stir, prattle

Examples from the Web for blather

Contemporary Examples of blather

Historical Examples of blather

  • Will you cease your blather of mutiny and treason and courts-martial?

    Captain Blood

    Rafael Sabatini

  • Do you know no better than blather at the top of your voice like that?


    Talbot Baines Reed

  • All hell broke loose then, with me and Brock making most of the blather.

    A Spaceship Named McGuire

    Gordon Randall Garrett

  • Is this a conundrum or blather, invented to hide your ignominy in a cloud of words?

    The Invader

    Margaret L. Woods

  • Rattleton spent much time on Blather's education—so did Rattleton's friends.

    Harvard Stories

    Waldron Kintzing Post

British Dictionary definitions for blather


Scot blether


(intr) to speak foolishly


foolish talk; nonsense
a person who blathers

Word Origin for blather

C15: from Old Norse blathra, from blathr nonsense
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for blather

1520s, Scottish, probably from a Scandinavian source such as Old Norse blaðra "mutter, wag the tongue," perhaps of imitative origin. Related: Blathered; blathering.


1787, from blather (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper