- senseless talk; nonsense
- 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 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: Printed by 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.