twaddle

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Etymology[edit]

1782, by alteration of twattle (1556), of unknown origin.[1][2]

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Noun[edit]

twaddle (plural twaddles)

  1. Empty or silly idle talk or writing; nonsense, rubbish
  2. A twaddler.

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nonsense
  • 1918, Katherine Mansfield, Prelude, Selected Stories, Oxford World's Classics paperback 2002, page 118,
    Yet she knew that she'd send it and she'd always write that kind of twaddle to Nan Pym.
rubbish
  • 1887, Arthur Conan Doyle, A Study In Scarlet, Beeton's Christmas Annual, (Chapter 2 - The Science of Deduction), pages 1-95 (exact page number not known).
    "What ineffable twaddle!" I cried, slapping the magazine down on the table, "I never read such rubbish in my life."

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Verb[edit]

twaddle (third-person singular simple present twaddles, present participle twaddling, simple past and past participle twaddled)

  1. To talk or write nonsense; to prattle.
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 12, The Mirror and the Lamp:
      To Edward […] he was terrible, nerve-inflaming, poisonously asphyxiating. He sat rocking himself in the late Mr. Churchill's swing chair, smoking and twaddling.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ twaddle” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).
  2. ^ twaddle” in Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Online