twaddle
Pronunciation
  • (RP) IPA: /ˈtwɒdəl/
  • (GA) IPA: /ˈtwɑdəl/
Noun

twaddle

  1. (uncountable) empty#Adjective|Empty or silly idle#Adjective|idle talk#Noun|talk or writing#Noun|writing; nonsense, rubbish#Noun|rubbish. [from 1782.]
    • 1886, A[rthur] Conan Doyle, “The Science of Deduction”, in A Study in Scarlet (Beeton's Christmas Annual; 28th season), London; New York, N.Y.: Ward Lock & Co., November 1887, OCLC 15800088; republished as A Study in Scarlet. A Detective Story, new edition, London: Ward, Lock, Bowden, and Co., 1892, OCLC 23246292, page 28 ↗:
      "What ineffable twaddle!" I cried, slapping the magazine down on the table; "I never read such rubbish in my life."
    • 1918 July, Katherine Mansfield, chapter 12, in Prelude, Richmond, London: Printed by Leonard and Virginia Woolf at the Hogarth Press, OCLC 2495144; republished in Bliss and Other Stories, New York, N.Y.: Alfred A. Knopf, 1921, OCLC 946809134, page 66 ↗:
      It was her other self who had written that letter. It not only bored, it rather disgusted her real self. "Flippant and silly," said her real self. Yet she knew that she'd send it and she'd always write that kind of twaddle to Nan Pym.
  2. (countable) One who twaddles; a twaddler.
Synonyms Translations Verb

twaddle (twaddles, present participle twaddling; past and past participle twaddled)

  1. To talk or write nonsense; to prattle.
Synonyms Translations
  • Portuguese: palrar
  • Russian: трындеть



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