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drivel

[ driv-uhl ]
/ ˈdrɪv əl /
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noun

saliva flowing from the mouth, or mucus from the nose; slaver.
childish, silly, or meaningless talk or thinking; nonsense; twaddle.

verb (used without object), driv·eled, driv·el·ing or (especially British) driv·elled, driv·el·ling.

verb (used with object), driv·eled, driv·el·ing or (especially British) driv·elled, driv·el·ling.

to utter childishly or idiotically.
to waste foolishly.

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Origin of drivel

before 1000; Middle English dryvelen, variant of drevelen,Old English dreflian; akin to draff

OTHER WORDS FROM drivel

driv·el·er; especially British, driv·el·ler, noundriv·el·ing·ly; especially British, driv·el·ling·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for drivel

drivel
/ (ˈdrɪvəl) /

verb -els, -elling or -elled or US -els, -eling or -eled

to allow (saliva) to flow from the mouth; dribble
(intr) to speak foolishly or childishly

noun

foolish or senseless talk
saliva flowing from the mouth; slaver

Derived forms of drivel

driveller or US driveler, noun

Word Origin for drivel

Old English dreflian to slaver; see draff
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