Drivel is useless, boring, nonsensical information. Your parents might think the articles in your favorite fashion magazine are drivel (but they'll change their tune when you become a famous designer).

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
  1. noun
    saliva spilling from the mouth
    synonyms: dribble, drool, slobber
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    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
  2. noun
    a worthless message
    synonyms: garbage
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    buncombe, bunk, bunkum, guff, hogwash, rot
    unacceptable behavior (especially ludicrously false statements)
    applesauce, codswallop, folderol, rubbish, trash, tripe, trumpery, wish-wash
    nonsensical talk or writing
    pablum, pap
    worthless or oversimplified ideas
    obscene words for unacceptable behavior
    type of:
    content, message, subject matter, substance
    what a communication that is about something is about
  3. verb
    let saliva drivel from the mouth
    synonyms: dribble, drool, slabber, slaver, slobber
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    type of:
    produce saliva
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