From blather + Old English skite (“shit”). Alternatively the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary asserts that the word is of Scottish origin, with blather/blether + skate referring to someone who is "contemptible". First use of the term dates to the mid-17th century. Compare cheapskate.
- A voluble purveyor of nonsense; a blusterer.
- 1922, Sinclair Lewis, “chapter 32”, in Babbitt:
- Babbitt was frightened, but he had an agonized instinct that if he yielded in this he would yield in everything. He protested: “You're exaggerating, Colonel. I believe in being broad-minded and liberal, but, of course, I'm just as much agin the cranks and blatherskites and labor unions and so on as you are. […] ”
- A worthless fellow; a deadbeat.
- Nonsense or blather; empty talk.