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drivel (v.)

Old English dreflian "to slaver, slobber, run at the nose," from Proto-Germanic *drab-, perhaps from a PIE *dher- (1) "to make muddy, darken." Transferred meaning "to speak nonsense" is mid-14c., driveling being characteristic of children, idiots, and dotards. Related: Driveling, drivelling.

drivel (n.)

early 14c., drevel "saliva, slaver," from drivel (v.). Meaning "senseless twaddle, idiotic speech or writing" is by 1852.

updated on October 10, 2018

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Definitions of drivel from WordNet
1
drivel (n.)
a worthless message;
Synonyms: garbage
drivel (n.)
saliva spilling from the mouth;
Synonyms: drool / dribble / slobber
2
drivel (v.)
let saliva drivel from the mouth;
Synonyms: drool / slabber / slaver / slobber / dribble
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