[driv-uh l]
  1. saliva flowing from the mouth, or mucus from the nose; slaver.
  2. 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.
  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.
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.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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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
  1. foolish or senseless talk
  2. saliva flowing from the mouth; slaver
Derived Formsdriveller or US driveler, noun

Word Origin for drivel

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



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.



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

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