Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To slobber; drool.
  • intransitive v. To flow like spittle or saliva.
  • intransitive v. To talk stupidly or childishly.
  • transitive v. To allow to flow from the mouth.
  • transitive v. To say (something) stupidly.
  • n. Saliva flowing from the mouth.
  • n. Stupid or senseless talk.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. senseless talk; nonsense
  • n. saliva, drool
  • n. A fool; an idiot.
  • n. A servant; a drudge.
  • v. To have saliva drip from the mouth; to drool.
  • v. To talk nonsense; to talk senselessly

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Slaver; saliva flowing from the mouth.
  • n. Inarticulate or unmeaning utterance; foolish talk; babble.
  • n. A driveler; a fool; an idiot.
  • n. A servant; a drudge.
  • intransitive v. To slaver; to let spittle drop or flow from the mouth, like a child, idiot, or dotard.
  • intransitive v. To be weak or foolish; to dote

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To slaver; let spittle drop or flow from the mouth, like a child, an idiot, or a dotard.
  • To be weak or foolish; talk weakly or foolishly; dote.
  • n. Slaver; saliva flowing from the mouth.
  • n. Silly, unmeaning talk; inarticulate nonsense; senseless twaddle, like the talk of an idiot.
  • n. A servant; a drudge; a slave.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. saliva spilling from the mouth
  • n. a worthless message
  • v. let saliva drivel from the mouth

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English drevelen, from Old English dreflian.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Old English dravelen, drabelen, drevelen, drivelen, to slaver.

Examples

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  • JM watched a program that was pure as the drivel show.

    August 26, 2011

  • *drooooools*

    September 7, 2008

  • "At this B.'s intellect gives way, and he becomes simply drivelling."

    Jerome K. Jerome, Diary of a Pilgrimage

    August 15, 2008

  • Poetry all weak lies, games. Epicurus, stupid lies, that there is nothing terrible in not living. Just to stay oh living, of, why can't I? Stupid childish helpless poor little frightened drivel.'>Pusillanimous drivel. frail poor me. Us all.

    - Peter Reading, C, 1984

    July 4, 2008

  • See also drool.

    January 1, 2008