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drivel

[driv-uh l]
noun
  1. saliva flowing from the mouth, or mucus from the nose; slaver.
  2. childish, silly, or meaningless talk or thinking; nonsense; twaddle.
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verb (used without object), driv·eled, driv·el·ing or (especially British) driv·elled, driv·el·ling.
  1. to let saliva flow from the mouth or mucus from the nose; slaver.
  2. to talk childishly or idiotically.
  3. Archaic. to issue like spittle.
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verb (used with object), driv·eled, driv·el·ing or (especially British) driv·elled, driv·el·ling.
  1. to utter childishly or idiotically.
  2. to waste foolishly.
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Origin of drivel

before 1000; Middle English dryvelen, variant of drevelen, Old English dreflian; akin to draff
Related formsdriv·el·er; especially British, driv·el·ler, noundriv·el·ing·ly; especially British, driv·el·ling·ly, adverb
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Related Words

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Examples from the Web for driveling

Historical Examples

  • Can you paint me a driveling reeling song, and let the word be, Uh.

    The Works of John Marston

    John Marston

  • One would not call it impudent, because it is so silly—it is the driveling of a fool.

  • Or can it be just chaos—just blind, driveling, senseless chaos?

    Dennison Grant

    Robert Stead

  • So much for the sense of our legislator and his driveling philanthropy.

    The Firm of Nucingen

    Honore de Balzac

  • Are we a generation of driveling, sniveling, degraded slaves?


British Dictionary definitions for driveling

drivel

verb -els, -elling or -elled or US -els, -eling or -eled
  1. to allow (saliva) to flow from the mouth; dribble
  2. (intr) to speak foolishly or childishly
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noun
  1. foolish or senseless talk
  2. saliva flowing from the mouth; slaver
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Derived Formsdriveller or US driveler, noun

Word Origin

Old English dreflian to slaver; see draff
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Word Origin and History for driveling

drivel

v.

Old English dreflian "to dribble or run at the nose, slobber," from Proto-Germanic *drablojanan, from PIE *dher- "to make muddy." Meaning "to speak nonsense" is mid-14c. Related: Driveling, drivelling.

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drivel

n.

early 14c., drevel "saliva, slaver," from drivel (v.). Meaning "idiotic speech or writing" is from 1852.

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