American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To talk foolishly; prate.
- n. Foolish, trivial, or idle talk or chatter.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To babble; gabble; prate; especially, to keep up a foolish, prosy chatter.
- n. A twaddler.
- n. Idle, senseless talk; gabble; prosy nonsense.
- n. Perplexity; confusion. Grose, Dict. of Vulgar Tongue. Synonyms Chatter, Jargon, etc. See
- n. Empty or silly idle talk or writing; nonsense, rubbish
- n. A twaddler.
- v. To talk or write nonsense; to prattle.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To talk in a weak and silly manner, like one whose faculties are decayed; to prate; to prattle.
- n. Silly talk; gabble; fustian.
- n. pretentious or silly talk or writing
- v. speak (about unimportant matters) rapidly and incessantly
- 1782, by alteration of twattle (1556), of unknown origin. (Wiktionary)
- Probably variant of dialectal twattle, perhaps alteration of tattle. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The usual uninspired marketing twaddle is neither.”
“More twaddle from the nutcase side of the global warming debate: [G] lobal warming is caused by the widespread sin, immorality, and materialism of our current society.”
“She calls a story in Vogue on "new ways" to carry a handbag "twaddle" and goes on to beseech, "Isn't it time they all tried a little bit harder to be on our side ...?”
“Dixon, of course you find talk of war crimes to be "twaddle", after all, it was you that said that the Serbs did the right thing in massacring Muslims.”
“The left are rife with corruption and their fare share of "twaddle".”
“I've heard of it before; but when I was a kid it was called "twaddle".”
“As for what you consider "twaddle", that's the opinion of a paying film fan, whether you like it or not, an opinion that many readers and those who make film do.”
“In a recent letter to the South Manchester Reporter the author Cath Stanicliffe claimed that she knew instantly that the Christie claim was "twaddle".”
“Her target is nothing less than sentimentality, whether it's as grandiose as the sort exhibited by the sacrosanct "Holocaust industry" or as small as the "twaddle" syncopated by Simon and Garfunkel.”
“How do you figure that kind of twaddle ties in with anything?”
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