verb (used without object), twad·dled, twad·dling.
  1. to talk in a trivial, feeble, silly, or tedious manner; prate.
verb (used with object), twad·dled, twad·dling.
  1. 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. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for twaddler


  1. silly, trivial, or pretentious talk or writing; nonsense
  1. 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 twaddler



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

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