blatherskite


noun

  1. a person given to voluble, empty talk.
  2. nonsense; blather.

noun

  1. a talkative silly person
  2. foolish talk; nonsense
n.

c.1650, bletherskate, in Scottish song “Maggie Lauder,” which was popular with soldiers in the Continental Army in the American Revolution, hence the colloquial U.S. use for “talkative fellow, foolish talk,” especially in early 19c. From blather (v.) + dialectal skite “contemptible person.”

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