trivial, feeble, silly, or tedious talk or writing.

verb (used without object), twad·dled, twad·dling.

to talk in a trivial, feeble, silly, or tedious manner; prate.

verb (used with object), twad·dled, twad·dling.

to utter as twaddle.

Origin of twaddle

1540–50; variant of twattle, blend of twiddle and tattle
Related formstwad·dler, nountwad·dly, adjective

Synonyms for twaddle Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for twaddle

Historical Examples of twaddle

  • I'm a man of the world, and I can appreciate the exact value of that kind of twaddle.

    Henry Dunbar

    M. E. Braddon

  • How do you figure that kind of twaddle ties in with anything?

    Masters of Space

    Edward Elmer Smith

  • Will they throw their arms round your neck, and break forth into twaddle?

  • Cunningham must have his joke, so he is beguiling you with twaddle about hunting pearls.

    The Pagan Madonna

    Harold MacGrath

  • They aren't cooped up with servants and tea parties and twaddle.

    The Longest Journey

    E. M. Forster

British Dictionary definitions for twaddle



silly, trivial, or pretentious talk or writing; nonsense


to talk or write (something) in a silly or pretentious way
Derived Formstwaddler, noun

Word Origin for twaddle

C16 twattle, variant of twittle or tittle; see tittle-tattle
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Word Origin and History for twaddle

"silly talk," 1782, probably from twattle (1550s), of obscure origin.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper