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blither

[blith-er]
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verb (used without object)
  1. to talk foolishly; blather: He's blithering about some problem of his.
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Origin of blither

First recorded in 1865–70; variant of blather
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Examples from the Web for blithering

Historical Examples

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

    Erik Dorn

    Ben Hecht

  • 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.

  • I could get the beasts, with Davey and that blithering half-breed.

    The Pioneers

    Katharine Susannah Prichard


British Dictionary definitions for blithering

blithering

adjective
  1. talking foolishly; jabbering
  2. informal stupid; foolishyou blithering idiot
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Word Origin

C19: variant of blather + -ing ²
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Word Origin and History for blithering

adj.

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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blither

v.

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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