- senseless talk; nonsense
- 2020 August 26, Nigel Harris, “Comment Special: Catastrophe at Carmont”, in Rail, page 4:
- A ray of light amid all this nonsense was Gwyn Topham's piece in the Guardian, which was timely, measured, accurate and of appropriate tone. That this single report stood out so clearly as an exemplar is a scathing comment in itself on the volumes of drivel surrounding it.
- saliva, drool
- (obsolete) A fool; an idiot.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Sir Philip Sidney to this entry?)
- To have saliva drip from the mouth; to drool.
- To talk nonsense; to talk senselessly; to drool.
- To be weak or foolish; to dote.
- c. 1591–1595, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Romeo and Ivliet”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act II, (please specify the scene number in lowercase Roman numerals)]:
- This drivelling love is like a great natural, that runs lolling up and down to hide his bauble in a hole.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Dryden to this entry?)
to have saliva drip from the mouth
to talk nonsense
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Compare Old Dutch drevel, "a scullion".
drivel (plural drivels)
- (obsolete) A servant; a drudge.