- saliva flowing from the mouth, or mucus from the nose; slaver.
- childish, silly, or meaningless talk or thinking; nonsense; twaddle.
- to let saliva flow from the mouth or mucus from the nose; slaver.
- to talk childishly or idiotically.
- Archaic. to issue like spittle.
- to utter childishly or idiotically.
- to waste foolishly.
Origin of drivel
Related Words for drivelingbabble, blather, gibberish, tripe, nonsense, hogwash, gobbledygook, jabber, bunk, hooey, poppycock, rubbish, balderdash, rot, twaddle, prating, Greek, prate, ramble, blabber
Examples from the Web for driveling
Historical Examples of driveling
Can you paint me a driveling reeling song, and let the word be, Uh.The Works of John Marston
One would not call it impudent, because it is so silly—it is the driveling of a fool.The Journal of Arthur Stirling
Or can it be just chaos—just blind, driveling, senseless chaos?Dennison Grant
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?The Struggle for Missouri
- to allow (saliva) to flow from the mouth; dribble
- (intr) to speak foolishly or childishly
- foolish or senseless talk
- saliva flowing from the mouth; slaver
Word Origin for drivel
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.