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blather

To blather is to talk on and on without saying anything very important or wise. If you blather all afternoon, it might be a welcome distraction to your friend who's grieving the death of her cat.

You can use the word blather as a noun too: you might hate riding the bus home from school because of all the silly blather around you. At a job, it might be acceptable to blather during your lunch break, but not once you get back to work. The verb came first, and it was originally Scottish, probably from the Old Norse word blaðra, "mutter or wag the tongue."

Definitions of blather
  1. verb
    to talk foolishly
    synonyms: babble, blether, blither, smatter
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    type of:
    blab, blabber, chatter, clack, gabble, gibber, maunder, palaver, piffle, prate, prattle, tattle, tittle-tattle, twaddle, yammer
    speak (about unimportant matters) rapidly and incessantly
  2. noun
    foolish gibberish
    synonyms: blatherskite
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    type of:
    gibber, gibberish
    unintelligible talking
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