- to talk foolishly; blather: He's blithering about some problem of his.
Origin of blither
First recorded in 1865–70; variant of blather
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Examples from the Web for blithering
Why in God's name could he think clearly and yet only talk like a blithering fool?Erik Dorn
Some of their Professors should be able to do good work in the blithering line.
The London public won't stand that sort of blithering twaddle.'The Man Upstairs
P. G. Wodehouse
I could see that when, like the blithering ass I am, I interrupted them that evening.In the Whirl of the Rising
I could get the beasts, with Davey and that blithering half-breed.The Pioneers
Katharine Susannah Prichard
- talking foolishly; jabbering
- informal stupid; foolishyou blithering idiot
C19: variant of blather + -ing ²
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Word Origin and History for blithering
1880, present participle adjective (from the first typically with idiot) from blither (v.) "to talk nonsense." From 1872 as a verbal noun.
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