词源 1[编辑]

源自中古英語 bletherenbloderen,源自古諾爾斯語 blaðra (说胡话)。与低地蘇格蘭語 bletherbladderbledder (胡扯)德語方言bladdern (说胡话)挪威語 bladra (含糊不清地说)冰島語 blaðra (说废话)同源。


  • blether (英国北部, 苏格兰, 爱尔兰北部)



blather (第三人稱單數簡單現在時 blathers,現在分詞 blathering,一般過去時及過去分詞 blathered)

  1. (不及物, 貶義) 喋喋不休胡扯
  2. (及物, 貶義) 胡说道,乱讲
    • 1929, Eugene O’Neill, Dynamo, New York, N.Y.: Liveright, Act I, scene i, page 31:[2]
      Then, just before the wedding, the old man feels he’s honor bound to tell his future son-in-law the secret of his past; so the damned idiot blathers the whole story of his killing the man and breaking jail!
    • 1974, Robert Pirsig, chapter 18, in Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, New York, N.Y.: William Morrow, part 3, page 214:[3]
      [] the church attitude has never been that a teacher should be allowed to blather anything that comes into his head without any accountability at all.


blather (不可數)

  1. (貶義) 胡话蠢话
    • 1897, G. A. Henty, With Moore at Corunna, New York: Scribner, Chapter 1, p. 16,[4]
      That is the worst of being in an Irish regiment, nothing can be done widout ever so much blather;
    • 1922, Rafael Sabatini, Captain Blood, New York: Grosset & Dunlap, Chapter 23, p. 265,[5]
      Will you cease your blather of mutiny and treason and courts-martial?
    • 1995, Rohinton Mistry, A Fine Balance, Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, Part 5, p. 280,[6]
      With years of proofreading under my belt, I knew exactly the blather and bluster favoured by professional politicians.

词源 2[编辑]


blather (複數 blathers)

  1. bladder的棄用形式
    • 1596, Charles Fitzgeoffrey, Sir Francis Drake His Honorable Lifes Commendation, and His Tragicall Deathes Lamentation, Oxford: Joseph Barnes,[7]
      [] on Vlisses Circe did bestowe
      A blather, where the windes imboweld were,