twaddle

[ twod-l ]
/ ˈtwɒd l /

noun

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
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British Dictionary definitions for twaddle

twaddle

/ (ˈtwɒdəl) /

noun

silly, trivial, or pretentious talk or writing; nonsense

verb

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

twaddle


n.

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

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