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.
Origin of drivel
Related Words for drivellingbabble, blather, gibberish, tripe, nonsense, hogwash, gobbledygook, jabber, bunk, hooey, poppycock, rubbish, balderdash, rot, twaddle, prating, Greek, prate, ramble, blabber
Examples from the Web for drivelling
Historical Examples of drivelling
"I can only say, once more, I'm as innocent as the drivelling snow," repeated Leander.The Tinted Venus
His enthusiasm for nature was but the drivelling sensibility of the drunkard.The Trembling of a Leaf
William Somerset Maugham
This is the mood I hate so—drivelling about his precious family.The Second Mrs. Tanqueray
Sir Arthur Wing Pinero
Here am I drivelling on just as if I knew what I was talking about.Juliette Drouet's Love-Letters to Victor Hugo
I was in drivelling dotage, to think that she would be aught else than the rest of them.
verb -els, -elling or -elled or US -els, -eling or -eled
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.