drivel

Drivel is useless, boring information. If you drivel, you talk stupidly or actually drool. Your parent might think the articles in your favorite fashion magazine are drivel.

Etymologists suspect drivel comes to us from the Old Norse word draf, meaning "malt dregs." This would make sense, given that drivel is usually talk or writing about as useless as dregs. If you don't prepare for an oral report, the unfortunate result may be that your teacher finds your disorganized ramblings to be pure drivel. Drivel also means to dribble saliva. If a friendly dog licks your hand, leaving it wet and gooey, you can assume he driveled on it.

DEFINITIONS OF: drivel

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n saliva spilling from the mouth

Synonyms:
dribble, drool, slobber
Type of:
saliva, spit, spittle
a clear liquid secreted into the mouth by the salivary glands and mucous glands of the mouth; moistens the mouth and starts the digestion of starches

n a worthless message

Synonyms:
garbage
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buncombe, bunk, bunkum, guff, hogwash, rot
unacceptable behavior (especially ludicrously false statements)
chickenshit
a false statement that is considered to indicate timidity or fear
applesauce, codswallop, folderol, rubbish, trash, tripe, trumpery, wish-wash
nonsensical talk or writing
pablum, pap
worthless or oversimplified ideas
Irish bull, bull, bullshit, crap, dogshit, horseshit, shit
obscene words for unacceptable behavior
Type of:
content, message, subject matter, substance
what a communication that is about something is about

v let saliva drivel from the mouth

Synonyms:
dribble, drool, slabber, slaver, slobber
Type of:
salivate
produce saliva
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