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Drivel   /drˈɪvəl/   Listen

A worthless message.  Synonym: garbage.
Saliva spilling from the mouth.  Synonyms: dribble, drool, slobber.

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"Drivel" Quotes from Famous Books

... some hanging matter—"suspend your judgment," or you will deserve credit for very little. We promise you that there are giants on the earth in these days, ay, and famous giants of their cubits! But when a giant is made to drivel, his drivelings are very little better than those of a pigmy. And we swear to you, (under correction from the parish vestry, which is entitled to half-a-crown an oath,) that the circulating libraries would make a driveler of Seneca! Under the circulating library tyranny, Johnson ...
— Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine - Volume 55, No. 343, May 1844 • Various

... job, And send 'im 'ome a 'owlin' to 'is mammy or 'is nuss. But I'd rather take the chuck For a show of British pluck, And do my month in chockee, and eat my skilly free; And I'll leave the curs to snivel With their 'Ouse o' Commons drivel, Which may suit a pack of jaw-pots, but, by gosh, it don't ...
— Punch, Or the London Charivari, Volume 103, July 16, 1892 • Various

... speaker's voice, and lent a savage gleam to his eye. "Forgeries! Make believes! Miss Challoner never wrote the drivel you dare to designate as letters. It was concocted at Police Headquarters. They made me tell my story and then they found some one who could wield the poetic pen. I'm obliged to them for the confidence ...
— Initials Only • Anna Katharine Green

... do wish, however that you had devoted a few pages to one who, a few years ago, loomed large in the literary horizon. I mean Robert Buchanan. I know that during these last few years he has poured out a great deal of drivel, but I cannot forget books like The New Abelard, and especially, God and the Man. It is a matter of surprise and regret that one of Buchanan's undoubted powers should have thrown himself away as he has done. ...
— Recollections • David Christie Murray

... soul in patience till twelve o'clock, the hour being yet barely 11:30 a. m., Theydon tackled a page of reviews, since there is always consolation for a writer in learning at second hand what sheer drivel others ...
— Number Seventeen • Louis Tracy

... be so loved, yet so mistaken! What had I on earth to do With the slothful, with the mawkish, the unmanly? Like the aimless, helpless, hopeless did I drivel —Being—who? ...
— The World's Best Poetry Volume IV. • Bliss Carman

... their endless drivel about the Church of the Spirit of Mankind Incarnate. It's enough to make a man wish ...
— The Status Civilization • Robert Sheckley

... Doctor in return, "the remark shows you to be a novice indeed. Why, I have listened to hours of no better drivel than this, fathered, not upon Indians and unknown elocutionists, but upon some of the wisest and most saintly spirits whose mortal teachings ever ...
— The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 13, No. 80, June, 1864 • Various

... Petherton),—What senseless drivel you write on the least provocation! Whether you grew up with the Surbury relics or not, you have certainly decayed with them. Every stone that's left of that confounded ruin (probably only a simple market-cross) proclaims the date of its birth. Even ...
— Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 153, Oct. 17, 1917 • Various

... whole. But now the oddest Thing ensued; 'Twas so insufferably crude, So feeble and so poor, 'twas plain The Writer's Mind was on the wane. Nothing could possibly be said; E'en Friendship's self must hang the head, While jealous Rivals, scarce so civil, Denounced it openly as "Drivel." Never was such Collapse. In brief, The ...
— Collected Poems - In Two Volumes, Vol. II • Austin Dobson

... him in a kind of stupefaction. Was it of Farrington the man was talking such drivel? Farrington, who only the week before had told him in high gratification that within the last month he had added a cool million to his ward's marriage portion. Farrington, who had, but two days ago, hinted mysteriously ...
— The Secret House • Edgar Wallace

... to understand Sir Marcus," said Pasquale, cheerfully. "We just let him drivel on until he is aware no one ...
— The Morals of Marcus Ordeyne • William J. Locke

Words linked to "Drivel" :   codswallop, folderol, wish-wash, bunkum, bunk, message, trumpery, applesauce, tripe, salivate, subject matter, saliva, hogwash, chickenshit, trash, content, pablum, spittle, spit, substance, pap, buncombe, rot, dribble, rubbish, guff

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