[ driv-uh l ]
/ ˈdrɪv əl /


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.

Nearby words

  1. drive-through delivery,
  2. drive-thru,
  3. drive-time,
  4. drive-up,
  5. driveaway,
  6. driveline,
  7. driven,
  8. driver,
  9. driver ant,
  10. driver ed

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. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for driveling


/ (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


foolish or senseless talk
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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