November 21st, 2021

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Sunday Word: Blithering

blithering [bli-thuh-ruhng]

1 talking foolishly, marked by or consisting of foolish or nonsensical words
2 stupid


But you can now see a significant shift toward empowering audience members to make their own choices: Ravinia, for example, will have two kinds of lawn seating, one in predetermined pods, the other the traditional catch-as-catch-can. (Keren David, Robert Peston: the outsider who wants to include us all, The Jewish Chronicle, September 2021)

If I told them once it would fail in England, I told them a hundred times. The London public won't stand that sort of blithering twaddle. (P G Wodehouse, 'Pots O' Money')

Thomas Mugridge was beside himself, a blithering imbecile, so pleased was he at chumming thus with the captain. (Jack London, The Sea Wolf)


1880, present-participle adjective (from the first typically with idiot) from blither 'to talk nonsense,' a variant of blether "talk nonsense" (1520s), a northern British and Scottish word. (Online Etymology Dictionary)