verb (used without object)

to talk foolishly; blather: He's blithering about some problem of his.

Origin of blither

First recorded in 1865–70; variant of blather Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for blithering

Historical Examples of blithering

  • Thomas Mugridge was beside himself, a blithering imbecile, so pleased was he at chumming thus with the captain.

    The Sea-Wolf

    Jack London

  • Look here, Jack, has everybody on the blithering police force gone crazy about pajamas?

    The Haunted Pajamas

    Francis Perry Elliott

  • You've got a good enough memory not to have forgotten that you made a blithering fool of me once.

  • Why in God's name could he think clearly and yet only talk like a blithering fool?

    Erik Dorn

    Ben Hecht

  • Her husband comes in: a robust, thicknecked, well groomed city man, with a strong chin but a blithering eye and credulous mouth.

    How He Lied to Her Husband

    George Bernard Shaw

British Dictionary definitions for blithering



talking foolishly; jabbering
informal stupid; foolishyou blithering idiot

Word Origin for blithering

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.



1868, variant of blether "talk nonsense," 1520s, a northern British and Scottish word, from Middle English blather (see blather (v.)). Related: Blithered; blithering.

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